Education and Business Meet to Discuss Jobs – Patchogue, NY Patch

Assemblyman Dean Murray and Eastern Suffolk BOCES Chief Operating Officer (COO) Gary Bixhorn recently brought together elected officials, representatives of the new York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) and the Long Island Metro Business Action (LIMBA), as well as ESBOCES leaders and their business and industry partners to discuss Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new York Youth Works Program. The state program, signed into law at the end of 2011, encourages businesses to hire unemployed, disadvantaged youth ages 16 to 24 who live in certain areas, including the Town of Brookhaven.

 Twenty-five million dollars are available in tax credits for businesses; $8 million for youth job readiness training and stipends; $25 million for youth summer jobs; and $29 million for job training and supportive services. Businesses interested in certification to participate must file an application by November 30, 2012. The process and eligibility criteria are available at

 The program is composed of three incentives that benefit local business and youth:

  • Businesses can earn tax credits up to $4,000 for eligible youth starting work before December 31, 2012.
  • Unemployed youth will get help finding a job and may earn up to $900 to cover expenses during training.
  • The Department of Labor has made money available to facilitate the employment of work-ready youth in 12 targeted areas.

 “The ability to get hands-on training at the side of a professional is invaluable to young men and women,” said Senator John Flanagan. “It helps prepare them for their future career, keeps them in a safe environment, and allows them to gain independence. this program will provide them with this opportunity while also assisting the local businesses that are willing to take the time to nurture young talent and pass on their experience.”

 Special counsel to the NYSDOL Rachel Gold commented, “This is an extremely important project that we hope will grow to eventually help even more young people.” part of the requirements for youth is that they must be in school, have a high school diploma, or be attending GED preparation classes. For those under 17, parental permission is necessary. Ms. Gold added that ESBOCES is already a certified training provider.

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Education and Business Meet to Discuss Jobs – Patchogue, NY Patch

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