image of construction workers framing a wall - The Jordan Downs Redevelopment Construction Job Fair, a hiring event specifically for local construction workers
The Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center (WSC) hosted the Jordan Downs Redevelopment Job Fair on January 11th, where local residents will have an opportunity to interview for 54 available spots as framers, plumbers, general labors, iron workers and other construction jobs.

Hiring priority will be given to Jordan Downs residents, Watts residents, YouthBuild participants (a program designed to help low-income youth ages 16-24 gain construction experience) and City of Los Angeles residents, said Pamela Paige, Workforce Development and Section 3 Manager at the Watts/Los Angeles WSC.

“We want the customers who live here,” she said.

Contractors are conducting interviews to fill positions between now and April 2018. More than 200 applicants are expected to attend. Those selected will receive Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety training and OSHA construction training from the Watts/Los Angeles WSC, in partnership with Coastline Community College.

Job fair organizers are also actively recruiting female construction workers and are working closely with the organization Women In Non Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER) to hire women for the project.

The job fair is part of an ongoing effort by the Watts/Los Angeles, Southeast Los Angeles and Vernon Central/Los Angeles Trade Technical College WorkSource Centers, and the Youth Opportunity Movement Watts YouthSource Center to hire locals for the Jordan Downs Redevelopment project.

In 2008, a plan was initiated by residents, stakeholders and the Housing Authority of Los Angeles (HACLA) to rebuild Jordan Downs into a mixed-use, mixed-income community and vibrant urban village that will serve as a national model for the renewal of public housing.

The Watts/Los Angeles WSC anticipates another job fair in the next month or so to hire construction workers, security guards and retail staff for the upcoming Jordan Downs Plaza, Pamela said.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 1/8/2018. Read this issue and more.