NYCHA Resident Training Academy
The NYCHA Resident Training Academy (NRTA), funded by Robin Hood, provides employment-linked training opportunities and job placement assistance to NYCHA residents in the construction, maintenance, and janitorial fields. NYCHA’s Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability office (REES) works with successful graduates of the Academy to provide job placement assistance by focusing on jobs with career paths, that lead to self sufficiency. Past NRTA graduates have worked with REES to obtain jobs at NYCHA in positions such as Caretaker and Pest Control Technicians, and with NYCHA contractors and affordable housing developers in the various construction trades.
The NRTA is collaboration among NYCHA, Robin Hood, and many of the premier training providers in the city: Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI), Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW), and the New York City College of Technology (City Tech).
In addition, the NRTA is in partnership with Building Skills NY for job placement with affordable housing developers. The NRTA’s construction training is designed to provide motivated students with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the construction industry. Please note that there is a zero tolerance policy regarding cheating and/or disruptive behavior (any behaviors unbecoming of a potential NRTA trainee or NYCHA employee) as deemed by the lead agency representative and or NYCHA staff.
The NYCHA Resident Training Academy (NRTA) offers Janitorial and Construction training tracks. To learn more and obtain answers to frequently asked questions about each track, click on the links below:
Construction Track: Recruitment is now open, please call 718.289.8100.
Janitorial Track: Recruitment is now closed, please check back at a later date.
Minimum Basic Requirements
- Authorized NYCHA residents on the lease 18 years of age or older
- Have valid working documentation
- Must pass the Test for Adult Basic Education
- Able to pass a drug test at any point before, during and after training
- Lift 50 lbs. or more
- Perform 8 hours of physical work each day
- Must be 100% available during the work week to participate in full-time training activities.
- Travel, childcare and other logistical issues must be resolved prior to enrollment into the NRTA.
- Must meet track-specific requirements
Application and Selection Process
The NRTA has a competitive, multi-step application process based on qualifications and proven interest. Learn more about the process for application & selection.
NRTA Training Outcomes
Since program inception in 2010, there have been 1,521 NRTA graduates, over 80% of whom have been placed into jobs to date as Caretaker Js, Caretaker Ms, Pest Control Technicians, Emergency Service Aides, City Service Aides and Maintenance Aides with NYCHA, and in various construction-related positions with NYCHA contractors and affordable housing developers.