Provides for certain grants for assistance to provide advanced manufacturing employers with a competitive workforce.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the New York State urban development corporation act, in relation to certain grants for assistance to provide advanced manufacturing employers with a competitive workforce
PURPOSE: To provide state funding through New York State urban development corporation to educational institutions, not-for-profits, industry public-private partnerships, and individuals for training and certification needed to enter the field of advanced manufacturing.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of this bill would amend section 16m of section 1 of chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting the New York State urban development corporation act, by adding a new paragraph, (o).
JUSTIFICATION: The legislation is aimed at filling what many refer to as a "middle-skills gap," where positions require specific skill set that you cannot get from a traditional 2 or 4 year degree program. Unfortunately federal and state funding is not available for noncredit certificate programs.
Specialty training courses in advanced manufacturing can run upward of $5,000 each. And many who are looking for a good paying job or to start a new career are deterred because of the cost, especially those who are unemployed, under employed or still in high school. Many businesses say the lack of skilled workers is a growing problem.
The funding for this legislation would come from the Empire State Fund. The Empire State Development Corporation will determine what will qualify as an "advanced manufacturing" certificate and award the funds, with preference being given to programs that foster local and regional public-private partnerships.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5700 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 5, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions AN ACT to amend the New York State urban development corporation act, in relation to certain grants for assistance to provide advanced manufac- turing employers with a competitive workforce THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 16-m of section 1 of chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting the New York state urban development corporation act, is amended by adding a new paragraph (o) to read as follows: (O) GRANTS TO EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, NOT-FOR-PROFITS, INDUSTRY PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS, AND INDIVIDUALS FOR ASSISTANCE LEADING TO APPROPRIATE TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION TO ENTER THE ADVANCED MANUFACTUR- ING FIELD AND TO PROVIDE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING EMPLOYERS WITH A COMPET- ITIVE WORKFORCE. THE CORPORATION SHALL CREATE CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS INCLUDING PREFERENCE FOR PROGRAMS THAT FOSTER LOCAL AND REGIONAL PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS AND OFFER TRAINING IN AN INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED PROGRAM AND/OR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM THAT DEMONSTRATES THE PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEE'S READINESS, UPON COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM, TO ENTER THE DESIRED FIELD WITH THE REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE OF ADVANCED MANUFAC- TURING EQUIPMENT AND PROCESSES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the amend- ments to section 16-m of section 1 of chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting the New York state urban development corporation act, made by section one of this act shall not affect the expiration of such section and shall be deemed to expire therewith.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10857-01-3