Newly-hired New Haven residents will join Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Yale, and other employers Thursday, June 12 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of New Haven Works, a non-profit agency that collaborates with business leaders to place 1,000 city residents in jobs over four years.
The celebration takes place at 4 p.m. at New Haven Works headquarters, 205 Whitney Ave., (Rain location: 221 Whitney Ave.)
New Haven resident Josue Rodriguez, who spoke at New Haven Works’ opening one year ago, will discuss his experience with the program. After completing a six-month, on-the-job training program at Yale, Josue is pursuing a full-time position in Yale’s Information Technology Services department. John Greeno, owner of New England Conservation Services (NECS) will also share his experience. His Woodbridge-based company has hired two New Haven Works candidates into full-time jobs and two more into on-the-job trainings.
Other speakers will include Governor Malloy, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, and representatives of partner employers, who will discuss New Haven Works’ promise for contributing to the economic health of the city and state. Others in attendance include Attorney General George Jepson, President of New Haven Board of Alders Jorge Perez, participating employers, and employees.
In one year, New Haven Works has built partnerships with employers who hire new workers for regular employment; provided paid on-the-job trainings for in-demand skilled work in fields like information technology; and created a pipeline of qualified, vetted New Haven residents ready for jobs. New Haven Works provides a wide range of support for both employers and prospective employees, and utilizes state incentives like Governor Malloy’s StepUP program.