Investing In Jobs and Economic Opportunity: Mayor Walsh Proposes More Than $800,000 In Pandemic Relief For Workforce Training and Job Placement


Program will help prepare city residents for jobs on Interstate 81 project and other growing fields

Syracuse, N.Y. – Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh is proposing $824,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) relief to help city residents get training and job placement in high-demand careers in Syracuse and Central New York.  The Syracuse Common Council will review the proposal in its study session on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

“With ARPA funding, we can change people’s lives. I want to help people get the training and job placement they need to start stable, good paying careers in skilled trades, advanced manufacturing, and technology fields where jobs are available now,” said Mayor Walsh. “This is a critical moment where we have both the resources to assist people to get in the workforce and unprecedented hiring needs, including on the work coming soon on the Interstate 81 project.”

CenterState CEO, the region’s non-profit economic development organization, will administer the program at no administrative cost to the City of Syracuse. The funding will be used to recruit unemployed and underemployed Syracuse residents for specialized training, certifications and apprenticeship programs.

About 140 program participants will gain skills in high demand by the local construction and technology industries:

  • Electrical mechanic technician
  • HVAC
  • Sidewalk construction
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) certification
  • Advanced/high-tech manufacturing
  • Software development
  • CenterState CEO will partner with Onondaga Community College, OCM-BOCES, State University of New York Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), Le Moyne College/Erie 21, and National Tractor Trailer School to conduct training programs.  The goal of these programs is to achieve at least 80% job placement after program completion.

Demand among job seekers for career training and assistance is high.  Late last month, the Syracuse Build Pathways to Apprenticeship Program graduated its first class of 18 students who are heading for construction apprenticeships.  More than 350 applied for the program. A new cohort of students is being recruited now.  The Pathways to Apprenticeship program, a collaboration of the Central and Northern New York Building Trades Council (CNNYBTC) and Syracuse Build, teaches the nationally recognized North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) Multi-Craft Core Curriculum.

Mayor Walsh is asking the Council to authorize the funding for the workforce training and job placement program at its Sept. 13 regular meeting.