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Finding the Right Training Opportunity
Many organizations offer free training and placement programs throughout the city. Programs may be offered to a general audience or be specifically targeted to women, immigrants, youth, or other underrepresented groups. Make sure to contact the programs you are interested in and see if you qualify.
Selected Training and Job Assistance Organizations
Organizations in Brooklyn and New York City that offer job or career training and assistance.
Selected employment websites
The organizations, agencies, and employers included on this list encompass many career fields. Some sites may require registration, generally with an email address. While some career websites may charge a membership fee, many are free. Aside from civil service exam fees, no employer should be charging you for simply applying to a job.
OSHA Training -- Free & Fee-based
By September 1, 2020, many New York City construction workers will need to have 40 hours of safety training. This is a list of Brooklyn or New York City organizations that offer OSHA safety training classes either:
• for free or a reduced cost
• as part of a full-time job-readiness training program
• schools offering classes for a fee
BEOC (Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center)
Offers training in various fields including healthcare, hospitality, security and more. Offers high school equivalency and ESOL classes. Periodically offers OSHA training. BEOC students receive career and job placement services.
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Identifies, pre-screens and places job seekers of all skill levels in employment at the Navy Yard complex, which include jobs in the industrial/manufacturing, hospitality, transportation, design/technology, construction, and administrative sectors.
Coordinates periodic job placement and support events for job seekers who live in Brownsville.
BWI (Brooklyn Workforce Innovations)
Offers 4 sector-based training programs and 1 general job readiness certification program: Brooklyn Networks for telecommunications cable installation, Brooklyn Woods for skilled woodworking and green cabinetmaking, The “Made in NY” PA Training Program for TV and film production, New York Drives for entry on a career path while earning a NYS driver’s license, and Red Hook on the Road for commercial driving.
Offers programs that guide the unemployed into the workforce, including security guard and customer service training, and a variety of job readiness workshops.
Center For Frontline Retail
Offers training in customer service and visual merchandising for current and aspiring clothing retail workers.
CFL Adult Employment & Education
Job readiness and placement assistance for Sunset Park, Brooklyn residents. Program includes resume writing help, interview preparation, computer skills training and job placement.
347-296-8000 or call 311
NYC Small Business Services program specifically for job seekers with a court-involved background. Offers job coaching, access to professional attire and benefits, direct referrals to job interviews, and post-placement follow-up.
Good Help Services, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Good Help works with a variety of companies to find qualified employees who are always looking to fill a wide range of positions in diverse fields.
GOSO (Getting Out & Staying Out)
212.831.5020 / Info@gosonyc.org
Reentry program for 16 to 24 year-old, justice-involved men. Program includes supportive counseling, educational support, vocational training, and workforce development.
Offers a five-month, tuition-free program with courses on professional development, business communication and office technology. Job placement assistance provided for one year. High school diploma or equivalent and English language skills required.
Job readiness and training programs, including OSHA, food prep and retail. Must be able to participate in a full-time program for at least 8 - 12 weeks. Bronx and Brooklyn locations.
NEW (Nontraditional Employment for Women)
Prepares, trains, and places women in careers in the skilled construction, utility, and maintenance trades, helping women achieve economic independence.
OBT (Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow)
Offers job readiness and training for adults and young adults. Specific trainings include medical administrative assisting, web design, and coding. Also offers young adult internships.
Free full-time training programs for IT support, cybersecurity, network engineering and coding for adults with HS diploma or HSE.
Next Step Employment Program includes job readiness programs, vocational training and job placement in various industries. Culinary Arts Training Program offers free hands-on training in professional kitchens.
212-727-4335 / 877-290-6145
Helps continuing professionals age 55+ (ReServists) secure high-impact, part-time work in the nonprofit sector that offers flexibility and a modest stipend.
Restoration's Economic Solutions Center
Offers basic job readiness workshops, with one-on-one counseling and career coaching available to workshop participants. Periodically offers industry-specific training. Also offers financial counseling and small business assistance.
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Volunteer opportunities for people ages 55 and over at schools, hospitals, nursing homes, soup kitchens, libraries, etc. throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
Sanctuary for Families
In partnership with NYC’s Family Justice Centers, offers an Economic Empowerment Program for survivors of domestic violence, as well as job placement support and financial literacy training.
St. Nicks Alliance's Workforce Development Center
Job readiness and training programs including CDL licenses and hazmat certification, pest control, and environmental remediation technician certification.
SUNY ATTAIN Labs
Statewide project offering an assortment of academic, occupational and employability courses, including industry certifications, through computer technology labs. Locations in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and more.
Provides career services for high potential immigrant job seekers who have at least a four-year university level education, sufficient English for job search and contacts, are legally authorized to work in the United States, and are email and internet users.
Workforce1 Career Centers
Offers recruitment events in numerous industries, plus job readiness workshops at locations throughout the city, including at many BPL locations.
World Education Services (WES)
Credential evaluation for adults who have earned university degrees in countries outside the U.S. **Fees apply.**
YAI Employment Services
Job-skills training, resume development, interview preparation, application assistance, intensive job-coaching and follow-along support to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) who wish to obtain and maintain competitive employment. OPWDD eligibility required. Sites in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx.
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