Bloomberg announces employment initiatives

Mayor Bloomberg has unveiled a series of new programs geared toward helping young people find work.

“Link” or Leveraging innovations and our neighborhoods in the Knowledge Economy, includes eight new employment programs. One program will offer workplace experience to people pursing associate or certificate degrees.

Bloomberg announced programs at the Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT), a Bushwick-based group that offers job placement help.

“It isn’t going to be easy, it requires hard work but your future is in your hands,” said Bloomberg.

Part of the program forces on young adults, age 16 to 26, that are not in school and offers classes like computer preparations to enhance their computer skills so they can get a job.

The program also has some cash initiatives

“Earn while you learn,” said Randy Peers, OBT, Executive Director. “So while their actually doing the outside work their learning, and their earning some cash as well.”

Bloomberg said the program will help about 1500 people around New York City and will cost about $10 million.

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