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Ready to Work Long Island

Building a 21st Century Workforce

Ready to Work Long Island is an island-wide effort, led by United Way of Long Island designed to help young adults find employment. Our vision is to build a bridge between school and career for hundreds of ambitious young men and women. The program is a partnership between Suffolk County Department of Labor, Hempstead Works, training providers, youth-serving nonprofits and the Long Island business and labor community. 

United Way works with employers and community partners to build employment pathways for young adults who may be unemployed or underemployed and those who may not have obtained a college credential. 

Climbing the Ladder

What Industries does Ready To Work Long Island focus on?

Ready to Work Long Island focuses on pathways to employment in high growth, high demand career sectors:

Building & Construction Trades * Customer Service * Finance * Health Care * Hospitality and Food Management * Information Technology and Tech Jobs * Manufacturing * Nonprofit * Pharmaceuticals * Transportation

Ready to Work Long Island partners with small, mid and large-sized companies, with opportunities for growth, to provide a sustainable pipeline of highly motivated talent that is customized to meet specific business needs. The program helps to create new opportunities for: paid and unpaid internships, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, learn and earn, mentorship, summer jobs, volunteering, soft skills training and employment. 

Occupations on Long Island that pay at least $30,000 and require less than a college degree

Resources for Job Seekers


Employer Resources

Ready to Work Long Island has three employment resource guides that will help your company build a pipeline of skilled talent.


To become an employment partner, and learn how to join, please fill out this form and contact:
Kathleen Hocker, Community Impact
United Way of Long Island 631.940.3754 or

2-1-1 Long Island  

Are you trying to get your life back on track? Do you need training to get a job? Do you need your high school equivalency diploma? Call 2-1-1 Long Island and get connected to education, job training programs, job readiness, career exploration and more. Call specialists at 2-1-1 Long Island will provide caring, knowledgeable guidance and refer you to many options.

No time to call? Search the 2-1-1 Long Island database and find information in the following areas:

Job Training * Job Readiness * Prejob Guidance * Educational Guidance and Counseling * GED/High School Equivalency * College Test Preparation 

Ready to Work Long Island is a signature program funded by

JP Morgan Chace

Ready to Work Long Island – Community Partners (as of 9/28/18)

Composite Prototyping Center * Electrical Training Center * Family Service League *  Family and Children’s Association * Hands Across Long Island * Hempstead Boys & Girls Club * Hempstead Works * Freeport Public Schools * Long Island Educational Opportunity Center (LIEOC) * Long Island Regional Economic Development Council * MercyFirst * Nassau BOCES – Barry Tech * Nassau Community College * Nassau County Youth Bureau * Opportunities Long Island * Suffolk County Department of Labor * Suffolk County Youth Services * The INN * VetsBuild * Wilson Tech * Wyandanch Community Resource Center * Wyandanch Homes and Property Development Corporation * YouthBuild

Endorsed by

Ready to Work is a proud member of the Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC) at Stony Brook University