About CWE

The Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) is a private, non-profit agency that provides a wide array of workforce preparation, industry specific training and employment services to over 70,000 New York City workers annually, including union members, New Americans and dislocated workers.

The CWE is the workforce development arm of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, whose affiliated unions represent over 1.2 million workers in the metropolitan region. Partnering with 46 of the Council affiliates, the CWE union upgrade programs assist the incumbent workforce in maintaining and upgrading their skills and advancing their careers. Tens of thousands of unionized workers in varied economic sectors including healthcare, construction, transportation, civil service, education and child care, retail and tourism rely on the CWE for promotional instruction.

For the un- or underemployed, the Jobs to Build On program (JtBO) is a jobs creation initiative funded by the New York City Council and sponsored by the Councils Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. The JtBO expands the efforts of a network of established community based employment service providers citywide. Workforce readiness, industry specific skills courses and job placement services are available at no cost. Applicants are placed in career track, sustainable employment in a variety of growth industries at higher than the NYC Councils living wage. For more information or to obtain services, please go to www.jobstobuildon.org. Since its inception in 2008, over 10,000 New Yorkers have been placed in full time employment through the Jobs to Build On network.

To prepare for workforce training and job placement services offered by the JtBO initiative, the CWE Worker Service Center Program offers New Yorkers workforce preparation services and other progressive programs in neighborhood-based locations throughout the five boroughs. The programs are funded by the New York City Council, the New York State Department of Education and the New York State Legislature.

From 2001 to 2004, CWE managed a special $32 million federally funded Emergency Employment Clearinghouse (EEC) program, providing laid-off 9-11 workers and struggling small businesses with employment services and worker wage subsidies. As a result of the program, approximately 7,000 New Yorkers were placed in new employment; another 3,000 jobs were stabilized with wage subsidy support to more than 300 businesses; and more than 8,000 men and women were provided with career training and educational assistance.


Established in 1985, the CWE is a proud member of the Clinton Global Initiative. The CWE is headquartered at 275 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan and can be reached by calling 212 647.1900.