With LA County’s workforce needs continuously changing and growing, it is critical that workforce services are tailored to the current labor population and to the needs of the business community. In response, the Board of Supervisors approved a motion, authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, directing the County’s Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to engage a consultant that specializes in workforce development to study and evaluate the County’s progress on aligning the County’s services with the needs of today’s modern workforce.
“I am proud of our County and the strides we have taken to achieve career pathways for our communities, especially those who are facing significant barriers to employment or educational achievement,” said Supervisor Solis. “As former Secretary of Labor, our mission to grow our workforce development programs is a true labor of love. I look forward to enhancing our workforce efforts at the County to make sure we are able to serve everyone.”
Today’s motion aims to evaluate, track, and improve workforce development programs and services across County departments. It also aims to provide the necessary expert support for the departments as they take on the feat of improving the County’s workforce efforts. The motion asks for a 30-day report back from the Chief Executive Office and WDACS on the progress of the County’s existing workforce development trainings and programs. The CEO will report back to the Board of Supervisors within 120 days on the consultant’s findings and recommendations.
Since the creation of WDACS, the department has made progress developing and implementing the strategies identified in the County’s Workforce Development Plan, which was approved by the Board in July 2017. Supervisor Solis is deeply committed to identifying and creating innovative workforce systems to help both job seekers and those already employed in LA County.
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