Featured Workforce Initiatives

High Road

High Road Training Partnerships (HRTP) and High Road 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.


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

Fresno, CA – On June 30, 2023, ValleyBuild, a training branch of the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board, celebrated the graduation of a 15-person, all-female cohort. Students completed a 4-week construction preparatory workshop and 6-weeks of Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3).

“I had the chance to attend the June graduation of ValleyBuild’s second all-female cohort, and I have never been more inspired by the stories, the courage, and for our future,” said Tim Rainey, CWDB’s Executive Director. “ValleyBuild is opening access to high-paying union jobs in the trades that offer health benefits and pensions. This is life-changing stuff­—changing the trajectories of whole families.”

Graduates of the ValleyBuild all-female cohort included Nidia Chicas, Carol Leigh Ganshorn, Delilah Gonzales, Rina Gutierrez, Paris Jackson, Jaqueline Luna, Desiree Mata, Heidy Mendez, Jasmin Mendoza. Marianni Reyes-Rojas, Chermona Revis, Crystal Rodriguez, Maura Romo, Emily Tineo, and BreAnna Zuniga. During the program, they earned certifications in Blueprint Reading, CPR/First Aid, OSHA-10, Scissor Lift, Forklift, 8-hr HAZMAT Transportation Awareness and Scaffolding Cards.


Participants had a chance to practice using a harness while climbing a rebar wall at Iron Workers Union, Local 155.

Two participants of the all-female cohort helping each other through a toolbox-making project at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union, No. 104.

Chermona Revis, BreAnna Zuniga, and Desiree Mata learning and applying soldering techniques with the Plumbers and Pipefitters United Association, Local 246.

Leigh Ganshorn and Emily Tineo were awarded the Leadership Award, which allowed them to be Foreman for a Day on a Habitat for Humanity: Women Build project.


People participating in a Cannabis training class

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

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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 Road 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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Assistant Chief Deputy Director C.E.A The last day to apply for JC-384239 is 9/29/2023. As an executive, you will be able to work on programs that are vital to the economic growth of our community and state. We recognize the strength in teamwork. We know that by encouraging collaboration and diversity, the best ideas will flourish. Be part of a team that prides itself in making a difference for Californians. Under the administrative direction of the Directorate, the Assistant Chief Deputy Director, plans, organizes, facilitates, and evaluates the activities of the Operations and Policy Implementation Branch and the Program Implementation Regional Support Branch.


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Staff Services Manager I The last day to apply for JC-394093 is 10/4/2023. The Staff Services Manager I (SSM 1) is responsible for the effective administration of the California Workforce Development Board’s (CWDB) administrative operations. The SSM 1 plans, coordinates, directs, and evaluates the ongoing operation of the Business Services Unit, support includes but is not limited to facilities, travel, contracting and document retention. The SSM 1 maintains open communication between various entities on complex and sensitive issues, directs and coordinates the activities of special committees and workgroups, and assists in the final development of policy recommendations to present to the Executive Director, the Executive Team, CWDB Board Members, and the Governor’s Office.


Research Data Specialist II The last day to apply for JC-390694 is 9/29/2023. The Research Data Specialist II (RDS II) independently performs the more complex data analysis, including ad-hoc research and reporting requests utilizing business intelligence software programs to query, validate, format, and organize structured and unstructured data to forecast trends and assess potential impacts where changes are being implemented and a body of knowledge or experience does not exist. The RDS II has responsibility for coordinating the more complex research projects or activities, which involves defining and creating new data models and visualizations to ensure information needs are met. The RDS II is a highly skilled and prime resource to the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB) and is responsible for innovative strategic planning regarding grant evaluation and the continuous improvement of workforce services for special populations, including those with barriers to employment. The RDS II utilizes software to query, validate, format, and organize structured and unstructured data to measure the outcomes of grant programs focused on the provision of services to special populations, including those with barriers to employment.

Research Data Specialist II The last day to apply for JC-385476 is 10/4/2023. The Research Data Specialist II (RDS II) independently performs the more complex data analysis, research projects or activities, and analytical duties regarding statistical data including statistical investigations for use in the resolution of multiple program related issues pertaining to the measurement of grant program outcomes for all grants that fall under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), as well as other grants and programming focused on industry engagement. The RDS II is responsible for workforce development projects with labor-management partnerships in economic sectors affected by climate change, and grants pertaining to other sector initiatives. Programs include but are not limited to Senate Bill (SB 1), High Road Training Partnership grants, High Road Construction Careers, and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Regional Plan Implementation. The Specialist gathers, develops, implements, and monitors systems and procedures to assemble and structure necessary data, validating the accuracy of structured and unstructured data being reported, identifying relationships and trends in order to forecast grant and related program performance and opportunities to improve grant and related program outcomes.


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