Education and Workforce Development

We build relationships between business and educators to ensure New York City students are prepared for success in a rapidly evolving economy.


Recent data confirms a troubling trend: in New York City, people’s economic opportunities continue to be strongly influenced by their race, gender, and parents’ income. Moreover, while New York City’s unemployment rate is roughly twice the national average, open job postings in the city have reached record highs.

Gaps in basic academic proficiencies begin in elementary school, having significant impacts on future career outcomes and earnings. In particular, Black and Hispanic students are less prepared to pursue careers in high-paying fields such as STEM than white or Asian students. A quality education is integral to unlocking economic opportunity for the city’s residents and shrinking the unemployment gap.


To close the skills gap, the public and private sectors need to work together to provide continuing education for teachers and ensure that curricula meet the demands of the modern workplace. Partnership members companies are working with the public sector to organize apprenticeship, job training, and hiring programs aimed at communities of color, including students at the City University of New York.

Our Work in Education and Workforce Development


Career Discovery Week

Launched in 2020 as a joint initiative between the Partnership for New York City and New York City Public Schools, Career Discovery Week introduces public high school students to the world of work and the extraordinary range of career choices that New York City employers offer.

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) Industry Scholars

The Partnership collaborated with the New York City Department of Education to develop a demonstration model of how intermediary organizations can play a more meaningful role in the CTE delivery system. This new structure engages nonprofit intermediaries to help scale employer commitments to internships and other work experience opportunities for new and existing CTE programs. To date, over 6,000 high school students have been placed in internships aligned with their course of study, working with more than 600 employers across eight industries.


Mayoral Control

The Partnership has been a leading advocate for mayoral control of the city’s public education system, which was enacted in 2002 and has been extended through 2024. The data confirms that mayoral control led to a better managed system and improved student achievement. Under this system, the citywide graduation rate has increased more than 30 percentage points. The city’s class of 2021 achieved a four-year high school graduation rate of 78.5% with increases among Asian, Black, and Hispanic students.


Multiple Pathways

The Partnership was a key advocate pushing for the New York State Board of Regents to establish multiple pathways to graduation for high school students in 2015. These multiple pathways encourage career-oriented studies and give students a practical skill set to help prepare them for college and the workforce.


Career and Technical Education Task Force

In 2008, Mayor Bloomberg made career and technical education (CTE) a citywide priority and established a mayoral task force to recommend ways to improve CTE. The task force was co-chaired by former mayor David Dinkins and New York Life chairman and Partnership Board member Sy Sternberg. Key recommendations included new CTE initiatives in high growth industries, engaging business to define sector-specific skills, and expanding work-based learning opportunities. These recommendations have largely been implemented and CTE students are out-performing other students when it comes to graduation and other indicators.


Computer Science for All

The Partnership has supported the Computer Science for All (CS4All) initiative since its inception in 2015. CS4All is a joint initiative by City Hall, the New York City Department of Education, and the private sector, led by Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, that will ensure that all New York City public school students will have the opportunity to learn computer science by 2025. By 2025, nearly 5,000 teachers will be trained in how to bring computer science education to their classrooms.

Leadership in Action

The Partnership leads and supports many cross-sector industry groups focused on improving talent pipelines, access to technical education and computer science, and supporting school communities for essential services.


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Education Dashboard: New York City’s K-12 Education System

The introduction of mayoral control has helped to close the achievement gap between New York City students and their peers in other public schools across the state.

December 2019

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