Still openings in jobs program at Empire Outlets (commentary)
By COUNCILWOMAN DEBI ROSE
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The ongoing renaissance of our North Shore is one of the most exciting transformations taking place in New York City. More than $2 billion of private investment has been poured into new hotels, rentals, restaurants, shops and entertainment in a 1.5-mile stretch near the Staten Island Ferry.
To ensure that Staten Islanders benefit from these developments, it is vital that they create job opportunities accessible to local residents.
To ensure that local residents are given access to a wide range of new employment opportunities, I negotiated a provision with the Empire Outlets — one of the signature developments on the North Shore — and other local partners to offer a job readiness program for Staten Islanders.
Empire Outlets, the city’s first outlet center, will bring about 1,200 permanent jobs to the area when it opens next spring. This new job training program will make it possible for the project to exceed its goal of hiring at least 60 percent of its workers from within the borough.
The program began Sept. 25 and is free of charge and open to all Staten Islanders over the age of 18 who are authorized to work in the United States.
The project is the result of a truly collaborative effort. BFC Partners, the developer of Empire Outlets, is providing the funds to ensure that there is no cost to participants. Courses are being administered by the Center for Frontline Retail, and the outreach, recruitment and supervision of daily operations are being handled by the Staten Island Business Outreach Center.
Those who attend the classes will learn valuable skills involving customer service communication, conflict resolution, leadership, retail math, and training in resume-building and interviewing. Additionally, OSHA 10 and CPR/First Aid training will be provided.
This is a clear win-win for the revitalization of the North Shore and all Staten Islanders. The retailers in the Empire Outlets will have an ample supply of skilled local workers with recent training and, most importantly, these local residents in Staten Island will have been given first priority to reap the benefits of a new project in their neighborhood.
Two sessions are currently being offered: one from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm and another from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sessions last one week, and will continue each week through the late fall. To learn more about the program or to sign up, visit www.empireoutletsjobs.com or call the Staten Island Business Outreach Center at 718-816-4775.
We look forward to advancing this program and providing more job opportunities for hundreds of hardworking Staten Islanders. As the borough continues to see more and more positive changes, I remain committed to ensuring that this also means new jobs for our residents.
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