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Job training for NYCHA residents in janitorial services

NYCHA Resident Training Academy (NRTA): Janitorial by New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) | Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI)

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Adults, NYCHA residents

1 to less than 3 months, Daytime

Last updated 4 days ago

The janitorial track of NRTA trains NYCHA residents in housing caretaker services and helps graduates find a job.

This NYCHA Resident Training Academy (NRTA) program prepares NYCHA residents for caretaker positions. Trainees in the janitorial track get the skills needed to maintain grounds, buildings, and public spaces. You also build soft skills and learn math and reading useful for the job. After you graduate the program helps you find a job.

Who it's for

To qualify for training, you must:

  • Be a NYCHA resident on the lease
  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Have valid working documentation
  • Be able to work for 8 hours on your feet
  • Be able to pass a drug test
  • Be able to pass the TABE test at a 6.0 reading/math level

You do not need a high school diploma or GED.

Selection into the program is based on qualifications and proven interest.


Training happens Monday to Friday, on a daytime schedule, for 4.5 weeks.

Next Steps

The NRTA has a competitive application process with multiple steps:

  1. Take a test to assess your reading and math level (the TABE)
  2. Attend a pre-screening appointment
  3. Join an information session
  4. Do an interview and drug screen

To get started with the assessment, call the NYCHA REES hotline at 718-289-8100. You can also learn more about the process for application and selection, or sign up online for an upcoming assessment.