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Andrew M. Cuomo announces $175 Million Workforce Development Initiative


Andrew M. Cuomo announces $175 Million Workforce Development Initiative

February 3, 2020

During the past 10 years, New York State has established itself as a global beacon within sustainable urban development and the ambitious policy movement creates growing market opportunities for Danish companies. The new Workforce Development Initiative ensures qualified workers with in-demand skills in New York for Danish companies.

During the past 10 years, New York State has established itself as a global beacon within sustainable urban development and the ambitious policy movement creates growing market opportunities for Danish companies. The new Workforce Development Initiative ensures qualified workers with in-demand skills in New York for Danish companies.



The New Workforce Development Initiative

On January 7 2020 Cuomo unveiled the 32nd proposal for his 2020 State of the State: expanding on New York’s historic $175 million Workforce Development Initiative to meet emerging job demand. Cuomo putted forward a series of plans, including training centers and programs, that will retrain and prepare Americans for new jobs. The expansion of the Workforce Development Initiative will ensure that American and international employers are able to find and hire qualified workers with in-demand skills in New York.

The Initiative is one of several in New York State to start career and technical education programs creating an opportunity for retraining and preparing people for new jobs that include clean energy jobs like technicians in both wind turbine technicians and solar energy, health care, cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing:

“This aggressive, all-encompassing approach to workforce training will bolster New York’s groundbreaking Workforce Development Initiative by helping to ensure workers have the skills they need to compete and succeed in emerging industries that are quickly developing across our state,” New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. “With private sector employment at an all-time high, New York must continue to invest in its workforce and make certain that our workers have the necessary skills to work in a rapidly-changing economy.”

With nearly 160,000 clean energy jobs across the state and 8.9 percent clean job growth since 2016, the State’s nation-leading climate policies are attracting private-sector investment and encouraging business creation. If New York State wants to add to the position of being a national leader in nearly every green job sector, the State must continue to invest in upskilling and preparing for an even larger green sector. Looking towards 2020 the $175 Million Workforce Development Initiative is a solid starting point in terms of making sure that high-quality competences are available in the State.

The all-inclusive approach of creating a demand for green solutions while developing the workforce make New York a constant interesting market for Danish companies.

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