(Left) WDB Executive Director Gregg Irish and WDB Board Member and Executive Director of the LA Hospitality Training Academy Adine Forman with a ResCare official at NAWB Forum 2018 in Washington, DC
A delegation from the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) attended the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum 2018 conference in Washington, DC, where they received confirmation that LA is considered a leader in coordinating youth programs and connecting job seekers to apprenticeship opportunities.

Held March 24-27, and attended by over 1,200 workforce leaders, advocates, and change-makers in business, government, labor and education, the conference addresses key issues affecting US workforce development and considers the goals and policy framework affecting the future of human capital and economic growth.

The City of LA WDB and the LA County WDB delegations attended a meeting with US Department of Labor (DOL) Deputy Director Daniel Villao, director of apprenticeship programs. Mr Villao recognized the efforts of the LA City and County WDBs and its local unions being ahead of the curve nationwide in promoting opportunities and connecting jobseekers to apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship opportunities.

Key conference topics included: increasing diversity in workforce talent pipelines, the importance of reaching out to re-entry workers, improving business engagement coordination, and the importance of social media platforms such as Linked-In for job seekers and employers.

The WDB’s upcoming draft 2018-2019 Annual Plan will address how the City of LA will approach these issues, said WDB staff.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 4/2/2018. Read this issue and more.