Brandon Kirby successfully obtained a City of Los Angeles job through the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program
At age 19, Brandon Kirby landed a job as legal analyst in the private sector with a company where he envisioned he would work until retirement. In 2014, he was laid off and spent three years applying for a job at the City of LA.

After learning about the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), Brandon visited the Sun Valley WorkSource Center and within four months he was hired as an Office Trainee at the City’s Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation.

“I’m creating websites for them, updating spreadsheets, coding,” he said. “I’m able to get my skills out in front of somebody rather than just taking a test. My experience thus far has been great.”

After getting laid off from his previous job, Brandon, now 29, moved back home with his mother in the San Fernando Valley. With his new City job, Brandon is able to move into his own place.

“It gives me the ability to be more independent,” he said. “The Targeted Local Hire Program was the gateway, the key to my future with LA City. I’ll forever be thankful for the program.”

With an estimated 46 percent of the City’s workforce eligible for retirement in 2018, Brandon said he feels that he joined the City at the right time.

“The City can provide any job you want, any type of industry you want to get in, the City can provide it for you,” he said. “The culture here is to promote, to further your career, not to stay stagnant, and that’s something that I appreciate.”

He added that he also appreciates the job security provided by the City and that he envisions a long career at the City. “The City is a slow moving ship. It’s always going be there, I’m glad to be on it,” he said.

Targeted Local Hire Program Success Stories

The EWDD has been working closely with the City’s Personnel Department on the Targeted Local Hire Program, which is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City. Approximately 280 positions have been filled to-date, including vocational, custodial and clerical jobs at various City departments.

In the May 7 issue of the EWDD Updates, two Targeted Local Hire Program success stories are featured. Read Marshawno Gauff's inspiring success story.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of 5/7/2018. Read this issue and more.