workforce development

Report links LI pandemic recovery to racial equality

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new socioeconomic study ties Long Island’s post-pandemic economic recovery inexorably to race. Sensing an “unprecedented opportunity” in the confluence of the global COVID-19 pandemic and America’s resurgent interest in racial equality, the Long Island Regional Planning Council and the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency on Thursday released “Upskilled: Preparing the Long Island Workforce for the Future.” The comprehensive study – prepared by James Lima Planning + Development, a New York…


Online hiring practices, 2020 Census loom large for LI

By ROSALIE DRAGO // Ah, the start of a new year, when people (and companies) consider some major decisions that could improve both prosperity and quality of life (or business). If entire regions could make New Year’s Resolutions, I’d recommend these two workforce development-related commitments for Long Island: develop and deploy an Island-wide strategy that helps employers clear barriers created by online applications (more skills-based hiring, less “degree inflation”), and leverage the networking capabilities of…


When workforce development met entrepreneurism

By ROSALIE DRAGO // This has certainly been a busy year for workforce development – especially if you know what workforce development truly is. In 2019, in this space, we’ve discussed key tools for robust and impactful workforce development, including equitable and inclusive growth strategies; leveraging relationships between economic developers, employers and high-school educators; and evaluating the work-first and college-first paths. But we haven’t focused specifically on one of the most critical components of workforce…


From shadowing to Lego Night, careers start in school

By ROSALIE DRAGO // One of the most important business relationships an employer can invest in is the school-business partnership. Urgency in filling immediate and near-term jobs is an obvious priority. Advancing career awareness and skills development among the emerging workforce – those just entering the pipeline for future hiring – is just as critical. In junior year of high school, we ask students what they think they might want to do for a living….


For your best innovation ROI, look to the ‘regulars’

By ROSALIE DRAGO // From the technological advances of the Bronze Age to the evolution of Artificial Intelligence, innovation requires people. It follows then that the capital investment with the most innovation ROI is the investment in human capital. Businesses are eager to innovate, but more often than not this is approached with investments in departments or initiatives or a select cohort of innovation experts. Real innovation – the kind that enables us to sustain…


State pumps $15M into SUNY’s clean-energy programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // The state university system’s clean-energy workforce-development efforts have received an eight-digit shot in the arm. A $15 million state investment will bolster SUNY’s clean-energy workforce and training programs, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, with $6 million heading to specific campus-based efforts – including several on Long Island – and an additional $9 million earmarked for colleges and universities planning apprenticeships and internships with industry partners. The funding is part of…


State Senate OKs workforce package

The New York State Senate has approved a comprehensive workforce-development package designed to train workers for in-demand, new-economy skills. Stemming from the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development, the legislation – six bills in all – would close the skills gap by improving connections between prospective employees and employers seeking skilled workers. Among the Senate legislation approved this week is a bill that would require the New York Department of Labor to collect forward-facing job…


Task Force: Education Key to LI workforce

By GREGORY ZELLER // The State Senate Task Force on Workforce Development is going to school. Educational initiatives including new Pathways in Technology schools and expanded access to tech-focused BOCES programs are among the top recommendations made by the task force, which reported Tuesday on 18 months of research into New York’s current workforce-development programs and best future options. Chaired by State Sens. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and George Amedore (R-Rotterdam), the task force features a baker’s dozen…


Marvin Minsky and the future of the workplace

By JOHN KOMINICKI // Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence whose work helped create the personal computer and the Internet, died in Boston over the weekend at the age of 88. The son of a noted NYC ophthalmologist, Minsky attended a string of private science and prep schools, then Harvard and Princeton, before settling in as a professor at MIT. There, with colleague John McCarthy, Minsky founded the school’s Artificial Intelligence…


The art of workforce development

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s LaunchPad ecosystem, one of several fronts in the war against the Island’s “brain drain,” is facing a recruiting crisis. Many businesses within the LaunchPad system – a co-working environment for startups and entrepreneurs that now includes facilities in Great Neck, Hicksville, Huntington, Mineola and Stony Brook – are finding their recruiting processes hampered by “a lack of available talent and a shortage of innovate thinkers,” according to Hofstra University….