Featured Workforce Initiatives

High RoadSM

High RoadSM Training Partnerships (HRTP) and High RoadSM Construction Careers (HRCC) a systemic approach to industry-based workforce development addressing critical issues of equity, job quality, worker voice, and environmental sustainability.

CAAL Skills

An interagency and multi-departmental data-sharing and program evaluation initiative that uses detailed information from federal and state-funded workforce, education, and human services programs to measure participation and associated outcomes for program participants.

Regional CA

Work to stimulate economic growth, create jobs and build the talent needed to increase income mobility and regional prosperity through collaboration among multiple workforce systems and bringing workforce leaders together.

Prison to Employment

Creates opportunities through collaborative partnerships with state workforce programs and the state corrections systems so that formerly incarcerated and justice-involved individuals can successfully reenter society and the labor force.

Workforce Accelerator Fund

Funds projects that design, develop, and implement programs that accelerate employment and provide access to workforce services and employment opportunities for targeted groups and disadvantaged populations.

HIRE

Increases employment opportunities and job mobility for formerly incarcerated and justice-involved individuals through partnerships with reentry-focused organizations that provide training, reskilling and upskilling, and supportive services.

Breaking Barriers

Supplements existing workforce and education programs by providing services to target populations who are often not eligible for other state and federal programs in an effort to address disparities in the labor market.

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In the Spotlight

Los Angeles, CA – Building Skills Partnership’s (BSP) new LAX program is creating employment opportunities that lead to greater earnings and career security. The program was created by listening to worker feedback and respecting career development needs. Gabby Bradley, BSP’s Workforce Development Manager, Airport & New Sectors, “discovered that workers wanted to learn about different careers in the airport” through BSP’s feedback-capturing practices. She engaged with existing partners to create the new program and forged a new partnership with West Los Angeles College. With the additional support of SEIU-USWW, 45 incumbent workers have completed the 32-hour Aviation Exploration Course at no cost. Participants also received support services and learned about the community college system and the next steps in the workforce pathway.  

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Partnerships are critical to the High RoadSM  workforce development model. The Aviation Exploration Course strengthened relationships with LAWA and built relationships with workforce development managers. “It was a perfect opportunity for us to start the relationship and nurture it,” said Gabby Bradley, BSP Workforce Development Manager. 

Partnering with West Los Angeles Community College gave workers their first higher education experience. In addition to the aviation course, students got to take a tour, have lunch, and experience life as a college student for a week, explained Bradley. It was clear the experience was motivating and encouraging for the participants and planted the seeds of “I can go back to school,” she said.

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Rico Gordon (on far left) took BSP’s Emergency Preparedness Safety Training Courses; when he saw another workforce opportunity, he was eager to sign up. “The BSP Aviation courses put me back in a student setting, encouraging me to start taking community college courses again,” said Gordon. “I have registered for courses in the upcoming year,” he added.

Gordon knows there is hard work ahead as he begins this new journey and appreciates when employers provide the flexibility needed for professional growth. Through his experience, he has this advice to share with others who seek to improve their career outlook: “Take opportunities as they come. You are expanding horizons that will lead to better opportunities for yourself and your family.”

We can “motivate [children] to grow up and work in their community in jobs that are growing and are profitable,” says Tammi Towns, a graduate of the BSP Aviation program. As a grandmother, she sees potential for youth to become more involved in airport careers. Towns learned about BSP’s Aviation program from a SEIU-USWW union steward. After completing the course at West LA College, Towns said, “I was supported and felt encouraged.”

With a strong support system, Davion Franklin (center) overcame the many challenges associated with homelessness; he continues to meet and navigate obstacles without hesitation. A former peer trainer brought the BSP Aviation Program to Franklin’s attention, and he signed up immediately. Franklin currently works at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and has this advice to others seeking to make a career change: “Just do it, don’t be scared. Don’t let fear stop you. Let your failure be your greatest success; it can help you learn.”

August Mayse connected to the BSP Aviation Program through his peer trainer. After completing the free 32-hour course at West LA College, August knew more about this career path and other programs offered at the community college. He explained that the course offering was a good reminder of the growth opportunities available in the LAX airport system. August hopes more hard-working people in his community can access opportunities like he has.

Anthony Vasquez Bernal, a son of immigrants, had his college dreams taken away by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced him to go directly into the workforce. The BSP Aviation Program reignited his dream to attend college and work as an aviation mechanic. He was thankful that his SEIU-SWW representative shared the opportunity with him, and has since applied to the West LA College aviation technician program. Vasquez Bernal believes sharing resources and information with others is important: “We can help uplift others as we grow ourselves.”

CWDB JOB OPENINGS

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Review our available positions below, and visit the CalCareers webpage to learn more about how to apply for a state job.

New to the State – Review the 3 Steps To A State Job webpage and be sure to complete the exam/assessment and state application before applying for this position.

Are you passionate about ending poverty and inequality? Are you motivated to address the climate crisis and social injustice while working on economic and workforce development? If so, you may be a great fit for one of our open positions at the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB).

The CWDB is recognized nationally as a progressive and experimental state workforce department, charting a path to a High RoadSM economy and approach to workforce development grounded in the principles of social equity, environmental sustainability, and resilience and quality jobs. Over the past decade, the CWDB’s budget, programs, and staff have grown exponentially using federal and state workforce funding to pilot new sector-based workforce initiatives and develop policy solutions that address the quality and accessibility of jobs in addition to training.

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PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION & REGIONAL SUPPORT TEAM

Staff Services Manager I The last day to apply for JC-415552 is 2/15/2024. The Staff Services Manager I (SSM I) directly supervises program staff and assists the Deputy Director in advancing the vision of the Program Implementation & Regional Support Branch and the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB). The SSM I is responsible for the implementation of various initiatives pertaining to providing education and employment support for barriered populations, regional leadership, industry sector work, good quality jobs, equity, income mobility, upward mobility and alignment of services and resources. The SSM I’s areas of focus are implementation and coordination of such initiatives; from administrative and grant program management, to assisting with Communities of Practice planning and execution, assisting with the development for new funds/programs, understanding rules and regulations related to the initiatives, and providing oversight and training in CalJOBS and Salesforce for administrative functions and data capture.

Staff Services Manager I The last day to apply for JC-417351 is 2/28/2024. The Staff Services Manager I (SSM I) directly supervises program staff and assists the Deputy Director in advancing the vision of the Program Implementation & Regional Support Branch and the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB). The SSM I is responsible for the implementation of various initiatives pertaining to providing education and employment support for barriered populations, regional leadership, industry sector work, good quality jobs, equity, income mobility, upward mobility and alignment of services and resources. The SSM I’s areas of focus are implementation and coordination of such initiatives; from administrative and grant program management, to assisting with Communities of Practice planning and execution,  assisting with the development for new funds/programs, understanding rules and regulations related to the initiatives, and providing oversight and training in CalJOBS and Salesforce for administrative functions and data capture. 

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