Help Reduce Unemployment in LA

Invitation to Public Forums to Discuss the Development of a Regional Plan for Workforce Development:

The City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board and the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Development Department are conducting a series of public forums to gather input for the development of a regional workforce development plan. This is a requirement of the State of California Workforce Development Board. The seven Workforce Development Boards within Los Angeles County – and their network of WorkSource Centers / America’s Job Centers of California and youth centers – are developing a Regional Workforce Plan which will map training pathways to ensure needs of demand industries and employers are met. This plan will also ensure all workers, including those with barriers to employment, have the opportunity to develop skills required for jobs in demand industries. Read More

About the Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWDD):

EWDD provides a broad range of programs that offer assistance in the areas of business support, employment and youth development. All programs are designed to grow and improve Los Angeles’ economy while building a well-trained and job-ready workforce. EWDD’s mission is “to develop, deliver and promote best-in-class economic and workforce development services to generate, sustain and grow individual, business and community prosperity in the City of Los Angeles”.

Economic Development Division (EDD): EDD offers over $600 million in direct and indirect financing and technical assistance programs that promote business growth and job creation in economically depressed areas of the City. There are an array of economic development and assistance measures developed specifically for the City’s business community. Targeted business services are carried out in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and L.A.’s Business Team (the Mayor’s special division in charge of business growth and retention in the City). Visit Business Services for more information.

Workforce Development Division (WDD): Oversees Employment Services offered through WorkSource and YouthSource Centers. WorkSource Centers offer comprehensive employment services for adults. All programs are free to job seekers but some programs may require pre-qualification based on income.

BusinessSource Centers: Nine citywide centers provide services such as access to capital, business plan development, tax incentives and credits, business courses and training, employee hiring and workforce development to business owners or startups

Economic Development: Coordinates an “under-one-roof” approach to helping developers get new projects off the ground, leveraging public-owned assets for new development that spurs economic growth and jobs in struggling communities

WorkSource Centers: Seventeen citywide centers offer a wide range of quality employment related assistance to job seekers and employers such as literacy skills, training, referrals, job listings and placement with an emphasis on high growth industries to build and support a qualified workforce in Los Angeles. Job Portals, smaller versions of the WorkSource Centers, are located in select city libraries and other locations

YouthSource Centers: Sixteen citywide youth development centers offer educational and career readiness services for disconnected youth ages 16 to 24 who are neither in school nor working

Summer Youth Employment Program/HireLA’s Youth – This program provides six weeks of subsidized work for Los Angeles youth, ages 14 to 24, with local partners including non-profits and businesses, and provides real world job experiences and opportunities for college, career and financial literacy training

JobsLA.org: Online resource which enables job seekers to search unduplicated job postings from thousands of employers in the Los Angeles region, including private corporations, state job boards, local newspapers, recruiters, government agencies, etc

Day Labor Centers: Seven centers citywide help reduce the number of day laborers who congregate on city streets and provide them with safe fixed sites where they can gain job skills, obtain ESL instruction, legal advocacy, and workplace safety information

About Workforce Development Board (WDB)

The City of Los Angeles WDB is composed of 39 volunteers and includes representatives from education, labor, state and local governments, private businesses and employers. In partnership with the Mayor and City Council, the WDB provides vision, policy, strategy, coordination, direction and oversight for the City’s workforce development activities. The Los Angeles Workforce Delivery System operates in partnership with various organizations including community-based non-profits, labor organizations, the L.A. Unified School District, the L.A. Community College District, and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

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