The Business Solutions Customized Training program offered eligible businesses grants to provide customized training to their workers with the goal of reducing poverty in New York City.
Businesses had to propose the training type and expected benefit of the program to receive a grant. Depending on the business, the trainings could range from 12 weeks to one year. The trainings included on-the-job training to improve employees’ productive work skills and education skills, such as reading, math, and English as a second language.
Priority was given to businesses that focused on training their lowest-wage workers. The business had to pay for 30 to 40 percent of the cost of the training. In addition, the employer had to commit to providing a wage increase to more than half of the newly trained employees. Participants in the training program had to make $15 or less per hour before joining the program and be able to work full time after completing the training. The program took place in New York City, NY.