Dear Friends and Supporters,

For three decades, the Consortium for Worker Education has dedicated itself to the development of New York's workforce. Through partnerships with unions and community organizations, CWE provides education, training, and job placement for tens of thousands of workers every year. Please read on for the latest news from the Consortium for Worker Education.



City Council Invests in Workers week, the City Council approved a new budget that included sustained funding for the Jobs to Build On and Worker Service Center programs. The Consortium for Worker Education is grateful for the City Council’s support as we continue our work giving New Yorkers the tools to achieve their economic dreams.

As the economy continues to change, New Yorkers need these programs more than ever. Through CWE and its network of community-based organizations, workers have resources right in their neighborhood for job training, job search guidance, and job placement.

Next year will mark ten years of Jobs to Build On. The program was created through City Council funding and stands as a testament to the Council’s continuing commitment to workers in this city, having trained and placed over 17,000 workers into careers.

Thank you to the New York City Council for its support of these transformative programs.



CWE & Machinists Create New Apprenticeship years ago, New York’s last mechanics apprenticeship program graduated its final apprentices and closed its doors. This month, they reopened.
“It’s been two years in the making,” says John McDermott, Consortium for Worker Education’s Special Projects Director, who spearheaded the New York Mechanics Apprenticeship Program. When the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) International Vice President Jim Conigliaro approached CWE about creating an apprenticeship program to train new workers to replace retiring diesel mechanics at companies like UPS, Ryder, and PENSKE, the CWE saw an opportunity.
“CWE believes that apprenticeships are proven models for creating economic opportunity and pathways to the middle class. We want to show that they can be a model for the future, and that they can expand to new industries.” McDermott said.
Starting a new apprenticeship program is not easy. CWE spent two years working with IAM District 15 and its partnering employers to develop the program and guide it through the New York State Department of Labor’s vetting process. The DOL’s Apprenticeship and Training Division provided technical assistance along the way. 
CWE also reached out to its existing and massive network of community partners to create the pipeline of potential apprentices. Because apprentices will need to be hired by the participating employers, they must meet certain requirements for the apprenticeship, including a high school degree or GED and having a driver’s license.
All that work came to fruition when the program’s inaugural apprentices started on June 17th. Among the dozen apprentices are three women, reflecting CWE’s commitment to inclusion and diversity, in partnership with Nontraditional Employment for Women.

Professor Clement Drummond, Director for Automotive Education for BCC, leads apprenticeship class

Like any apprenticeship, they will learn on the job. They will also spend every other Friday at Bronx Community College, taking classes to ground their hands-on training. As they move through the three-year apprenticeship, they will get regular raises and finally make a minimum of $52,000 annually at completion and have some of the best fringe benefits in the unionized transportation sector. 

The apprenticeship program draws on the expertise and relationships that CWE has built over its three decades: working with unions to train workers for in-demand jobs, partnering with community-based organizations to get jobs and training to the neighborhoods that need them, and providing administrative and educational expertise – and fundraising – to help new programs succeed.
The CWE and its union partners hope that the new apprenticeship program is only the beginning. It is a model that can be expanded to other employers and other industries to create middle-class opportunities in a city where they are increasingly few and far between.