New York State Workforce Innovation Awards

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Application - Business Workforce Leadership Award

Application Process

All applicants will submit their application through the form below. The application deadline is Sunday, March 27, 2022, at 11:59 PM. 

The Business Workforce Leadership Award will be selected by The Business Council and will not require a video as part of the application process. 

All final awardees will be announced in early May. The awards luncheon will be held in May 2022 in Albany, NY - date and location to be announced. 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

Q: Are chambers of commerce and industry associations eligible for an award?
A: Yes, under most circumstances, industry associations that are a 501(c)3, 501(c)4, or 501(c)6 are eligible for the “Non-Profit Workforce Leadership Award.” 

Q: Are organizations headquartered outside of New York State eligible for an award?
A: Yes, an organization does not need to be headquartered in New York, they only need to have a program or facility operating in New York State. 

Q: If my training and education program falls into multiple categories, e.g., both P-12 and higher education, which should I select to apply for? 
A: Applicants should select the category that they believe their application will be most competitive in. 

Q: Can organizations nominate themselves?
A: Yes, organizations are encouraged to nominate their own program, school, or company. 

Q: Can a school apply for multiple programs? 
A: If a school has several innovative programs it would like to apply for, they are welcome to submit multiple applications for consideration. However, only one of their programs is eligible to be considered as a finalist. Organizations with multiple programs are encouraged to submit an application for their most competitive program. 

Q: What type of criteria will applications be rated on?
A: Applications will be rated on innovation, uniqueness, student or employee success metrics, access and equity to programs, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) initiatives or programs, and to the extent to which programs meet the training and education needs of employers. 

If you have additional questions, please email them to [email protected]