From left: Kabreel McEachin, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; Amy Stage, MACNY; and Michael Frame, MACNY at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Winter Gala announcing new partnership for Registered Apprenticeship.

MACNY, The Manufacturers Association, and The Manufacturers Alliance of New York are excited to announce Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce as the newest Alliance Partner to join the Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP). The goal of this new partnership is to expand Advanced Manufacturing Registered Apprenticeship opportunities into New York City, starting with Brooklyn.

New York State has supported MIAP, a successful program that targets the upskilling of incumbent and entry-level manufacturing workers, since the program’s launch in 2016. The effective pilot of the apprenticeship program in Central New York created a statewide need to expand and support registered apprenticeships in high-demand sectors. Many new apprentices in high-demand fields are projected for the calendar year as the state continues to recover from the pandemic.

The Manufacturers Alliance of New York consists of partner organizations across the state, now including New York City through this new partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The strategic goal over the next three years is to increase Registered Apprenticeship Programs in advanced manufacturing across all the boroughs. Each Alliance organization has a dedicated apprenticeship subject matter expert to support regional employers. Collectively, the Alliance has served more than 704 apprentices at more than 176 businesses. These registered apprenticeships raise the skill levels of manufacturing workers and create distinctive career pathways, while providing individuals, including those from diverse populations, the necessary training and education to succeed. Of the over 300 apprentices who participated last year, more than 59% were from an underrepresented population.

For over 100 years, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has spoken to the needs of the Brooklyn business community. Founded in 1918, the Brooklyn Chamber proudly serves as a protector and promoter of the commercial and industrial interests of the borough. The organization has a vibrant history that encapsulates the diverse, innovative, and ever-evolving Brooklyn business community. As Brooklyn continues to evolve, the Brooklyn Chamber consistently works to offer top-quality services and new opportunities for its members. It advances the borough through outstanding promotion, support, and advocacy as Brooklyn’s leading economic development organization.

“Manufacturing is part of the very fabric of our borough – from the Navy Yard to Industry City – where shipyards and factory lofts have been transformed into modernized centers for creativity and innovation. Through our partnership with MACNY, manufacturers in Brooklyn can now participate in the Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP), where they will receive mentorship, training, and education to enhance their skills. Our robust manufacturing workforce is critical to the borough’s economic success and growth, and the Chamber is proud to partner with MACNY to bring mentorship to Brooklyn’s manufacturing sector,” said Randy Peers, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President & CEO.

MACNY President & CEO, Randy Wolken, stated, “By 2030, the manufacturing industry will need to fill four million jobs. A lack of high-skilled workers threatens to leave more than half of those positions vacant. Registered Apprenticeship is a vital solution to bridging the skills gap and filling a crucial need within the industry. Not only does Registered Apprenticeship follow a ‘learn while you earn’ model, but it also provides apprentices with a direct career pathway and a nationally recognized credential. Registered Apprenticeship is a win-win, as it allows employers the opportunity to develop and prepare their future workforce, improve productivity and profitability, and increase employee retention. We are proud to partner with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to bringing innovative solutions to workforce challenges across New York State.”


About The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, located in Brooklyn, New York, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1918 and is amongst the largest and most influential business advocacy organizations in New York State for over 100 years. The primary commitment of the Brooklyn Chamber is to assist Brooklyn businesses by providing services, including marketing, education, and advocacy, in ways that promote and monitor economic growth. Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce promotes economic development across the borough and serves through advocacy, promotion, support, and convening.  The Brooklyn Chamber supports Brooklyn businesses and business owners to build and maintain a healthy and robust economy through the borough and NYC-wide.

About MACNY, The Manufacturers Association

MACNY, The Manufacturers Association, represents over 300 companies in a 26-county region in Central and Upstate New York. The 109-year-old organization provides human resource services, training, workforce development, purchasing solutions, networking opportunities, and advocacy support for its members. MACNY is also one of the founding members of The Manufacturers Alliance of New York and leads the Alliance today. Learn more about MACNY at For more information about MACNY’s workforce development programs, please visit

About The Manufacturers Alliance of New York

The Manufacturers Alliance of New York is a statewide organization of manufacturing associations working together on behalf of manufacturing success in New York State. The Alliance has also partnered with the New York State Department of Labor and State University of New York (SUNY) to meet the workforce needs of manufacturers in New York. For more information, visit