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Now Recruiting: New York Drives


Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) helps jobless and working poor New Yorkers establish careers in sectors that offer good wages and opportunities for advancement.

BWI’s mission is to empower low- and moderate–income people by creating living-wage employment and access to career paths. BWI seeks to develop programs that counter prevailing market inequalities (especially those based on race or gender) and contribute to a broader movement for economic justice.

Want to work but need a license?

Palmer-Singer Model XXXIIB; Town car, 28-30 h.p., Digital ID 1163474, New York Public LibraryNew York Drives is an exciting and free program that allows for people to receive their driver’s license and attending training programs focusing on TV/Film Production, Cable Installation, and Wood Working.

BWI’s New York Drives offers students:

  • Driving lessons to prepare for the New York States licensing road test
  • Connection to BWI training programs in woodworking, TV/film production, and cable installation
  • Career readiness workshops to help you get more out of your job search
  • Grant to cover all class, road test, and license fees

New York Drives provides three weeks of part-time professional development skills training followed by three to four weeks of part-time driving lessons. After participants successfully pass the road test, graduates can apply to one of BWI's setor-based trainig programs leading to skilled employmet. All programs include 2 years of job placement assistance. Trainees receive ongoing social supports through Single Stop.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a NYC resident
  • 21 years or older
  • Must be able to obtain a permit
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Qualify as low–income or unemployed
  • Have full-time availability (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Orientations are held every week (No RSVP Required) Thursday 2 p.m. at 621 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Please be on time. Late comers will not be admitted.

Accessible by the R Train to Union Street or the 2, 3, 4, 5, N, B, D, Q Trains to Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street. Go eight blocks down 4th and make a right onto Degraw Street.

For information, please contact New York Drives at or 718-237-2017 ext. 143.

For more information on free job training programs, please visit Job Search Central online or in person at 188 Madison Street at 34th Street.


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