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Our mission is to empower low-and moderate-income people by creating living-wage employment opportunities and access to career paths. We seek to develop programs that counter prevailing market inequalities (especially those based on race or gender) and contribute to a broader movement for economic justice.
Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) helps those with significant barriers to employment access careers through skills training, access to employer-recognized credentials, job placement, and career development support.
BWI has developed training programs built on promising local sectors of the economy; we only train people for jobs we know exist and that lead to living-wage employment. Our instructors are skilled and experienced in the industries they train for, and we maintain long-standing relationships with a wide network of business that hire our graduates.
Supportive services are central to BWI’s model as well. We know that being unemployed brings with it challenges such as housing instability and hunger, and we have a team on-site that offers benefits access services, financial coaching, and other supports that reinforce the work we are doing to help trainees access promising careers. Once an individual is enrolled in a BWI program, we remain a resource for up to two years. This is one of the primary reasons that the majority of BWI graduates obtain jobs and remain employed long-term.