The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) has announced the launch of Career Discovery, a centralized resource to assist New Yorkers with career discovery and training.
The NYC SBS Commissioner, Jonnel Doris, said the portal is aimed at providing online, no-cost training that prepare New Yorkers with the necessary skills to pursue a pathway for an in-demand career.
She added that thousands of New Yorkers would be conducting much more of their lives in a virtual environment.
“This portal is a step to ensure that they are well equipped and supported in their career exploration, and to put them on a path toward economic prosperity,” she said.
“We must continue to adapt to a new normal as our workforce looks to us to help them get back on their feet,” she added.
Jonnel explained that the portal will provide information and resources for New Yorkers to explore and learn about a career, the skill requirements, industry demand and salary expectations.
She further stated that it will also help them take introductory courses which will help them discover skills required for the job and determine whether the career is a good match.
SBS will also provide information on where to obtain low-cost or free internet access and support services.
It will also launch with information about careers in web development.
In addition, individuals who qualify will have access to Codecademy Pro licenses. Resources for additional careers in tech, healthcare, media, industrial and manufacturing will be added in the weeks to come.
“In recent months, we have been very focused on how we can make our curriculum more accessible to people nationwide, especially those in need of new career opportunities,” said Nimit Maru, co-founder and co-CEO of Fullstack Academy.
Nimit added that the SBS portal will serve as an excellent tool that introduces thousands of New Yorkers to potential career paths.
It noted that “It is an initiative that we are proud to be part of as it aligns with our goals of filling the tech skills gap and supporting economic recovery.”
Zach Sims, CEO and Co-Founder of Codecademy also said, “Codecademy is built in New York and we’re thrilled to be able to give back to the community that’s helped us become the company we are today.
“Amidst the current economic turmoil, it’s critical for us all to do our part to help build skills and employability for the 21st century so we can come back from this pandemic stronger than before.”
Zach explained that the partnership with Career Discovery NYC will help prepare residents for the jobs of the future, empower them to gain control over their circumstances and ultimately aid transition into a career they love.
“We are also particularly excited the portal’s first career discovery and training is on web development because theree is a high demand for workers with this technical skill set and employment in the field is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the national average,” Zach added.
Interested individuals are enjoined to access the portal to learn more.