Workforce Professionals Training Institute's Project Fellow
Since its founding in 2004, WPTI has become the preeminent non-profit training and technical assistance intermediary for New York City’s workforce development community. The organization has trained thousands of workforce practitioners from over 350 programs and organizations that collectively serve over 500,000 jobseekers. As a standalone, non-political organization, WPTI provides an inclusive bridge among providers, funders and government agencies that contribute to building NYC’s workforce. Drawing on well-refined resources and relationships, WPTI combines the expertise of highly experienced workforce professionals, direct employer input, academic research, labor market information, and interactive adult learning principles to create high-quality curriculum, impactful consulting frameworks, and useful resources for the field. Our mission is simple: WPTI increases the effectiveness of people, programs, and organizations that are committed to generating pathways out of poverty through employment.
Their three-tiered approach strengthens capacity at all levels of the workforce development system. 1) Professional Training: Develop the skills and careers of practitioners 2) Organizational Consulting: Maximize productivity of programs and teams 3) Systems Building: Create linkages, foster research and influence funding and best practice priorities
The Workforce Professional Training Institute (WPTI) Summer Fellow will be responsible for creating year-end reports for three government contracts and updating Labor Market Information for WPTI’s Labor Market Intelligence 101 and 201 trainings. The year-end reports will involve analysis of data and customer feedback from trainings and technical assistance and writing a narrative to describe the activities that took place throughout the year for each contract.
WPTI facilitates two trainings on Labor Market Intelligence (LMI). Labor market intelligence can be a powerful tool for workforce development organizations. It can be used to track growth industries, identify businesses that are likely to hire people, and gain knowledge about high demand occupations. Additionally, LMI data can be utilized to understand career ladder opportunities, discover parallel professions for skill sets, determine training needs, ascertain prevailing wage rates and get a handle on short-, medium- and long-term trends in the local, regional and national economy. As this information is ever changing, the fellow would be responsible for researching current labor market trends and updating training materials to reflect the current information.
The fellow will be working in a traditional office setting at a desk. The fellow would be working with Sabeen Pirani - the Director of Training and Jennifer Pierre - the Director of Consulting.
The Fellow will likely accompany staff to meetings at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) to discuss reports. The Fellow may potentially gain exposure to the New York State Department of Labor, Labor Market Information Center and U.S. Census Bureau.
Specific Skills Required
-Excellent written and verbal skills
-Knowledge of research and evaluation methods and ability to apply the methods
-The ability to produce visuals and written
Specific Experience Required
-Quantitative and qualitative research
Language Skills Required
Skills and Experience the Fellow Will Gain
-Understanding how labor market information (LMI) influences workforce development decision making
-Understanding career pathway experiences
-Job development soft skills, such as workplace practices and considerations
-Amassing LMI in order to tell a story
Members of the WPTI team often conduct offsite visits to engage with funders, partners and community organizations to check in on program progress. The Fellow will have an opportunity to take part in some of these site-visits, if applicable to the LMI project.
Sabeen Pirani is the DIrector of Training. Ms. Pirani oversees all training sessions, training material, and partnerships with training consultants. She is responsible for providing evaluations and data on various projects and with vetting new professional training themes that WPTI can incorporate into its programming.