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Advance & Earn

Host skilled trainees in construction/masonry, healthcare, digital marketing, or culinary arts at no cost to you.

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Employers can partner with Advance & Earn to develop future talent by:

  • Hosting Advance & Earn participants in City-subsidized trainee roles
  • Hiring program graduates for permanent positions

Advance & Earn is an innovative career pathway initiative that supports young adults who are out of school and out of work with their academic and career goals. Program participants receive services ranging from support to obtain their High School Equivalency to occupational training for those ready to advance their careers.

What incentives are there for my company to hire through this service?

Advance & Earn provides cost-savings for employers seeking to strengthen and diversify their talent pipelines. Your company receives qualified trainees for up to 250 hours at no cost, along with support from community-based staff to ensure that participants remain a good fit throughout the program—a value of more than $4,500 per internship placement.

We also help employers seeking to hire job-ready talent immediately by hosting job fairs and providing screened candidate interviews with our program graduates, saving employers up to $1,500 per event. Companies can reduce their hiring costs by developing and hiring young adults through Advance & Earn, while demonstrating their commitment to supporting New York City communities and the future of our workforce.

How soon can this service connect me to talent?

Advance & Earn operates two cohorts annually. Employers can host program trainees for 250 hours over 3-4 months in the fall or spring. If you want to hire job-ready employees immediately, you can attend hiring events featuring our program graduates.

What skills and credentials will talent have?

Advance & Earn participants receive academic support to attain their High School Equivalency followed by advanced occupational training in healthcare, transportation, culinary arts, digital marketing, construction, and other in-demand sectors.

What occupations does this service train for?

Training and certifications available through Advance & Earn include the following:

  • Culinary Arts: ServSafe/Food Handler certification
  • Construction/Masonry: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30, OSHA Silica, 10-hour Site Safety, 4-hour Scaffolding, 4-hour Flagger
  • Healthcare: Electrocardiogram (EKG), Phlebotomy, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and Pharmacy Technician certifications
  • Direct Support Professional (DSP): DSP-1 and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certifications
  • Digital Marketing: Google Analytics Beginner and Advanced, Google Analytics Individual Qualification (IQ), and Meta Certified Direct Marketing Associate certifications
  • Transportation: Driver License and Commercial Driver License (Class B)

How can this service meet my company's needs?

Advance & Earn can benefit employers who are interested in the following:

  • Hiring for 1-10 positions
  • Hiring for 11-100 positions
  • Hiring full-time
  • Hiring part-time
  • Hiring temporarily
  • Hosting interns
  • Hosting or participating in job fairs
  • Hosting workplace tours
  • Offering mentorship or coaching
  • Participating in industry-specific events
  • Partnering to build a talent pipeline

Is my company eligible for this service?

Employers are vital partners in providing Advance & Earn participants with the development needed to launch their careers. Your company should offer participants:

  • An opportunity to build a knowledge base related to their occupational training
  • Close supervision, mentorship, and constructive feedback to ensure trainees are gaining the proper skills and progressing accordingly
  • Permanent hiring opportunities with your company at the end of the internship, or support participants in connecting to job opportunities in the industry at the end of the program

How do I connect to hire?

Visit the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development employer partner website or call us at 800-246-4646.

Advance & Earn is provided by NYC Department of Youth & Community Development.

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