BWI PROGRAMS
EMPOWERING NEW YORKERS TO ESTABLISH FAMILY-SUSTAINING CAREERS

Brooklyn Networks is a free 6-week, full-time Low Voltage Cable Installation Training and Job Placement Assistance. Students learn how to install the lines that run behind walls and ceilings that are hooked up to computers, telephones, broadcast cable and more.

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Brooklyn Woods is a free, full-time training program in woodworking skills, cabinetmaking and fabrication. In only seven weeks, trainees learn how to safely and properly care for hand tools, power tools and woodworking machinery; shop production, finishing techniques and cabinet installation; shop math, measurement and mechanical drawing. We also provide comprehensive safety training, including the 10 hour OSHA General Construction Safety and Health class.

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The Brooklyn waterfront is experiencing a growth in business and industry. The Brooklyn Workforce Collaboration works alongside key area partners to provide customized employer training. Students train for a specialized job and earn marketable skills that create long-term career potential. The types of jobs available depends on the employers we partner with. In the past, we have worked with employers to provide trainings in construction, food safety handling, welding, and more.

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The “Made in NY” PA Training Program is a collaboration between BWI and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Our mission is to give unemployed and low-income New Yorkers the chance to work on New York sets and build careers in this dynamic field of film and television production.

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BWI’s new Post Production Training Program connects men and women to careers in film and television post production. The five-week program combines a thorough introduction to the post production industry with hands-on skills training in five commonly-used software applications for video editing and visual effects. After completing the program, trainees will be placed into positions with firms throughout the post production field, and employers will have access to funds to subsidize graduates’ wages during their first few months.

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New York Drives helps students obtain their driver’s licenses so they can access advanced training for a specific career path. Our program is six weeks long, with the first three weeks focusing on strengthening students’ professional development skills, and the last three weeks focusing on part-time driving lessons. After successfully passing their road tests, graduates enroll into one of BWI’s sector-based training programs leading to skilled employment, or are placed directly into jobs. Once a year, New York Drives offers security guard training where graduates obtain their security guard certificates and license.

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The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Resident Training Academy provides skills training and placement for NYCHA residents, helping them to access various careers with NYCHA and its contractors. The Academy most frequently offers training for positions as Housing Caretakers and for construction positions. In the past, we have also trained for Pest Control Technician, Painter’s Apprentice and Maintenance positions.

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Red Hook on the Road is BWI’s longest-running and largest training program. The program offers classroom-based and behind-the-wheel training leading to a NYS Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). We then help hundreds of graduates each year access jobs as drivers of school buses, trucks, paratransit vehicles and other commercial vehicles that move people and products throughout the city.

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PROGRAM NEWS
BWI Launches a New Training Initiative

Post Production Training Program

In May 2017, BWI will launch a new sector-focused initiative: the “Made in NY” Post Production Training Program. The program will serve 40-60 individuals per year (beginning with approximately 40 in the next 12 months). The training, which we will be offering in partnership with NYC Small Business Services and the Workforce Development Corporation, will help people gain access to careers in the highly technical post production industry. BWI is also partnering with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment to deliver the program, and has engaged experts from across the post production industry to help develop a tailored curriculum. Recruitment will focus on, but will not be exclusively limited to, graduates of BWI’s “Made in NY” PA Training Program. Training will be five weeks, full time, followed by paid “on-the-job training” positions. Research on the industry indicates that it offers greater stability and plentiful jobs, in response to a relatively new tax credit program targeted toward post production.

BWI has recently hired Ryan Penny, an Editor with 15 years of post-production experience, as our new Program Director. We are also working closely with a team of experts to develop and ultimately deliver the curriculum.