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“This was one of the best programs I ever completed; the staff are very reliable, you meet great people going in different career fields, and you learn so much in a small amount of time. Completing the NYD program has opened up a lot of big opportunities for me to examine myself and where I want to go in my career.”

– Lee-Lee, New York Drives and “Made in NY” PA Training Graduate


Many New Yorkers do not have a driver’s license, and yet it’s a requirement for a range of jobs. New York Drives offers your first steps on the path to a career: core job readiness skills, driving instruction to obtain a driver’s license, and assistance accessing advanced training and a job with growth potential.

The people who enter New York Drives already have a career path in mind, and are planning to move on to another BWI training program after obtaining their license. The sector-based programs available to our licensed graduates include:

It can take several months to complete all of your training, but BWI’s programs have an excellent track record for job placement, advancement, and helping people stay in their careers long-term.


Applying is a highly competitive process; the following are our core eligibility requirements:

  • Interested in a career in woodworking, TV/film production, cable installation, or security
  • At least 18 years old
  • A New York City resident (6 months or more)
  • Legally eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Unemployed/underemployed or low-income
  • Available to train full-time, weekdays

New York Drives Behind the Wheel

Our annual Security Guard training program is created to train women. Additionally, Security Guard training program applicants must have a High School Diploma or High School Equivalency, and they must not have any security certificates obtained in the past.

Please note that BWI’s sector-based training programs have additional eligibility requirements, which you can learn more about on each program’s Apply page, or by attending an information session.


Start by attending one of our regularly scheduled information sessions. There you can fill out an application and meet with program staff to learn more New York Drives and BWI’s other skills training programs. Please arrive on time, as we do not allow latecomers in. Applications are accepted on a year round and first-come, first-served basis.

New York Drives Application Process

You do not need a Learner’s Permit to apply to New York Drives, but you will need one before training begins.

Upon completion of the New York Drives training program all students must enter a BWI sector training program (an additional 5-7 weeks) and work in the industry for two years.