Office of Strategic Workforce Development

Fostering industry-driven training of in-demand skills and direct job placement

On April 26, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new investment of $350 million for workforce development to create the New York State Office of Strategic Workforce Development (OSWD) - a new division within Empire State Development (ESD) charged with better aligning workforce development efforts with the needs and priorities of today's employers.  

Empire State Development will utilize its existing relationships with employers to drive Governor Hochul’s vision of creating industry-driven training that provides in-demand skills and direct job placement. Investments will be focused on targeted economic sectors identified as ripe for growth and via the tradable sectors identified in each of the state’s 10 regions. Through OSWD, ESD will help create new economic opportunities for unemployed, underemployed and underrepresented workers, while simultaneously meeting the labor needs of the state’s highest-growth industry sectors.   

OSWD will take a holistic approach to workforce development by engaging other State agencies and regional experts to identify local jobs trends and opportunities.  Working closely with the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs), the Office will engage local stakeholders to identify and prioritize in-demand skills and industries in each region’s highest-growth sectors. This partnership will help ensure each region's workforce training programs are addressing current and evolving employer needs and allow local training providers to better align their programs to these priorities.

New Workforce Development Grant Programs

The multi-year OSWD funding includes $150 million for new grant programs administered by ESD that will support employer-driven, high-skilled workforce training programs. 

  • Capital Grant Program will support the capital needs of workforce training providers that seek to enhance or expand their offerings. 
  • Pay for Performance Grant Program (“P4P”) will support the operational resource needs of training programs offering industry-recognized credentials, skills, and certificates in high-demand fields. The P4P Grant Program will provide flexible funds through two distinct tracks:
    • Flexible Operating Grants
    • Capacity-Building Awards to workforce trainers for successfully placing trainees in a good job

View a one-page overview of the OSWD grant programs here.


Workforce Development Capital Grant Program

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Pay for Performance Grant Program: Operating Grants

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Pay for Performance Grant Program: Capacity-Building Awards

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New York State's Workforce Development Investments

Find out more about New York State's investment in workforce development. A holistic approach will foster collaboration among state agency partners, industry, employers, higher ed, and workforce trainers.

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