DOWNTOWN — The city on Friday launched a pilot program to provide job training to domestic violence victims.
As part of NYC STEPS program, 13 participants aged 28-53 will attend weekly classes at the Queens Family Justice Center (FJC) to obtain workplace and computer skills for entry-level jobs in the technology field.
“Helping New Yorkers acquire the tools and training they need to advance their careers is one of the most importance services our city can provide,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.
FJC employees will instruct students on technology careers and hiring practices while helping them through self-paced online courses lasting 50-90 minutes.
“Without these basic skills, many unemployed individuals are excluded from consideration or relegated to less secure service or physical jobs,” said the statement.
The program's first participants come from New York City Family Justice Center. The mayor's office said it would evaluate the efficiency and success of the program before expanding to other city agencies.
The program is a public-private partnership which includes the City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence and a range of private-sector partners like NetApp and Microsoft.