Made In NY Training PA's for 10 Years
Wednesday, March 2, 2016)
The "MADE IN NY" Production Assistant Training Program has been producing entry level workforce for the entertainment industry for 10 years. In a release from the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, a celebration announcement included statements from newly appointed commissioner Julie Menin and "Made IN NY" PA Program Director Venus Anderson.
"We are thrilled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our PA Training Program which has trained hundreds of New Yorkers with diverse backgrounds for positions in film and television," said MOME Commissioner Julie Menin. "We are extremely grateful for their continued hard work and commitment as MOME ambassadors to the city's thriving entertainment industry."
"This program truly changes the lives of so many people who come in looking for an opportunity to work in the television and film industry," said Program Director Venus Williams, a graduate herself. "Today allows us to come together, not only to network with leaders in the industry, but to celebrate our accomplishments."
The Brooklyn Workforce partners with the Mayor's Office to offer entry level training to low income and unemployed citizens of New York's 5 boroughs with an interest in film and TV. In the ten years since the program began, 607 graduates have completed the program. Here are some additional stats provided by the Mayor's Office in regards to the workforce programs success:
job placement rate is 97%
95% of graduates are of color
52% are women
61% are age 18-25
26% were unemployed the 12 months prior to entering the program
The Brooklyn Workforce currently sees between 700-800 applicants per year with only 80 gaining entry.
For more information about the Made In NY PA Training Program, go to: http://www.bwiny.org/pages/patraining.html