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February 2013

Headhunting Locally for Jobs in the Yard

An employee at Crye Precision sews specialized ballistic gear for the U.S. Armed Forces. Photo by Amy Wolf

Finding the right person for the job is a job in itself, but do headhunters for middle- and entry-level positions exist?

They do at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, one of the biggest job creation success stories in recent City history. A $65,000 grant is enabling the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation to add staff to its employment center to assist growing businesses in the Yard meet their workforce needs. It will work closely with business employers to identify qualified local residents who meet these needs, providing human resource services for companies without an “HR” department.

The center will work closely with Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, which was recently awarded $50,000 to train military veterans, local public housing residents, and hard-to-employ New Yorkers.

“We have a strong track record of placing folks in jobs that start at $12 an hour and become pathways to the middle class,” says Andrew Kimball, executive director of the Development Corporation. He also points out that hiring local is “stabilizing for the individual and the businesses,” as people with easy commutes are more likely to stay at their jobs.

A portion of the grant also helped Navy Yard businesses flooded by Hurricane Sandy get up and running again. The Corporation counseled tenants on applying for emergency City, State, and federal business loans. Kimball continued, “Because we went to work quickly, our tenants are well positioned to receive significant loans once they become available.”

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