Los Angeles County is a hub of opportunity for those looking to gain the skills they need to succeed in the labor market. From the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) program to the Subsidized Transitional Employment Program (OJT), there are plenty of resources available for local residents to unlock their potential. The WIOA program serves out-of-school youth ages 17 to 24 in Los Angeles County. It provides a combination of education, training, career counseling, and support services to help participants find meaningful, lifelong employment.
The program also offers work-readiness workshops, vocational training and education, community service, and other support services. The OJT program offers partially subsidized work opportunities for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients. Participants receive access to a comprehensive construction internship preparation program offered by public agencies or community partners. They can also take part in the county's healthy soil strategy by helping to maximize community garden production and develop community composting sites.
The Workforce Initiative NOW-LA is LA Metro's workforce development program that focuses on careers in the transportation industry. Upon completion of the program, graduates are competitively positioned to apply for a position on a Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) construction project through their contractors and local artisan unions. Apprentices take six university courses and receive practical training in day care, community outreach activities and home visits. The HIRE LA Youth program is an investment that helps young people ages 14 to 24 learn about the workplace, find a mentor, and get on the path to meaningful, lifelong employment. Participants work to prevent food destined for landfills from becoming waste and distribute food to food bank organizations to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve public health and the environment. In addition to participating in these programs, study participants were still entitled to receive other services from GAIN, such as job search and job preparation, vocational training and education, community service, and typical support services offered to TANF beneficiaries. Los Angeles County offers a variety of programs that provide local residents with access to education, job training, career counseling, and support services.
These programs are designed to help participants succeed in the labor market and build a thriving business economy and labor market for generations to come.