WIN-LA (Workforce Initiative Now - Los Angeles) is a job training program through LA Metro specifically for underrepresented and at-risk communities
EWDD and the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) are partnering with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to identify and register candidates for Workforce Initiative Now-Los Angeles (WIN-LA), a program designed to create career pathways into the transportation industry.

Scheduled to launch by late summer 2018, four of EWDD’s WorkSource Centers will serve as WIN-LA intake/career centers, including: the Vernon-Central at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC), and the Northeast LA, Sun Valley and Harbor Gateway locations. EWDD’s WorkSource staff will provide support to WIN-LA candidates through assessments, enrollments, case management, job training and placement services.

On February 28, 2018, the WDB approved a non-financial memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Metro to implement the WIN-LA program. In addition, the WDB budgeted $100,000 in the Los Angeles Basin Regional Workforce Plan for the WIN-LA implementation.

The WIN-LA program plans to recruit job seekers from underrepresented communities such as disconnected youth, individuals who are homeless, veterans and disabled young mothers. Possible career pathways include positions as bus operators, service attendants, custodians, transit security officers and electronic communication technicians.

Representatives from Metro delivered a presentation to the WDB about the WIN-LA program on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. EWDD currently partners with Metro on the Los Angeles Valley College Metro Bridge Training Academy, a 70-hour training program that prepares workers to become Metro bus drivers.

Learn more about the many placement and training programs EWDD offers through their Employment Services and WorkSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 3/19/2018. Read this issue and more.