Hudson Yards SkillSmart

Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. The site will include more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, more than 100 shops, a collection of restaurants, approximately 4,000 residences, The Shed, New York’s first arts center to commission new work across the performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture, 14 acres of public open space, a 750-seat public school and an Equinox Hotel® with more than 200 rooms—all offering unparalleled amenities for residents, employees and guests. The development of Hudson Yards will create more than 23,000 construction jobs. Hudson Yards will also have a substantial economic impact on the New York City economy. Once fully operational, the development will contribute nearly $19 billion annually to New York City’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), accounting for 2.5 percent of the citywide GDP. It will also contribute nearly $500 million annually in City taxes.

Hudson Yards created the Hudson Yards Hiring Network, an innovative public-private collaboration designed to identify and recruit talent from New York’s most in-need populations. Companies and buildings in Related Cos. and Oxford Properties Group’s 28-acre development will bring more than 55,000 jobs to the west side neighborhood, and developers, along with their public partners will continue to recruit applicants from The New York City Housing Authority, as well as veterans, formerly incarcerated and homeless individuals, and people with disabilities.

The Related Companies retained SkillSmart to provide support to the staffing for the largest private development initiative in the U.S. The Seeker platform was used to identify the skills associated with the primary operations and support positions within each of the newly-constructed buildings. The Seeker platform allowed job seekers working with more than 130 community-based organizations in NYC to understand the skills that each job required, seek the appropriate training through their organization, and be monitored through the entire hiring process so that there was information for each candidate indicating why they were hired, or what skills they lacked, which may have resulted in not gaining employment.

Location | New York City, NY

Project Value | $25B

# of Workers to Employ | More than 600 new jobs, plus hundreds of additional jobs at restaurants and other campus businesses

Seeker | Seeker platform was deployed to help 130 community-based organizations in NYC understand the skills that each open position required, seek the appropriate training, while being monitored throughout the hiring process so assessment information was available to distinguish candidates that were hired and ones that were not.