About

The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is a statewide non-profit that works to grow and keep good jobs in NYS. We use a range of tools — including ground level information, workforce expertise, and funding — to facilitate projects that build skills and strengthen employers’ ability to hire and promote workers. Our work often fills gaps not covered by other organizations and is accomplished through partnerships and collaborations with businesses, unions, other non-profits, educational institutions, and government.

History

WDI began in 2003 as a partner to the NYS AFL-CIO and Area Labor Federations to provide workforce training and education services to regional and local unions. Our role has since evolved and we now focus more broadly on the growth and retention of good jobs in NYS through a variety of mechanisms.