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Targeted Local Hire Program Background
The LOA indicated that a Targeted Local Hire Working Group (“Working Group”) would be convened, to be comprised of an equal number of Coalition and City management representatives. The Working Group was led under the guidance of former City Councilmember Ms. Jackie Goldberg, with professional staff support provided by the Personnel Department.
The Working Group was tasked to design a functioning framework for a targeted local hire program. Initially, Working Group members considered similar programs which have existed in the City’s history, including Welfare to Work and City Jobs. Historically, these programs utilized the Vocational Worker and Office Trainee classifications, which were created by the Civil Service Commission as a result of labor negotiations and which were subsequently used by City departments with mutual consent between the City and labor. These classifications had proven to be an effective mechanism for departments to provide on-the-job training to individuals who lack technical skills and experience.
On April 29, 2016, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued Executive Directive No. 15, which again emphasized that the Program would focus on hiring and retaining local Angelenos from under-served communities. The Directive instructed all City departments to participate in this program.
As a result of numerous Working Group meetings and discussions, alternate job pathways were identified and the Targeted Local Hire Program (“Program”) was created and finalized. The Program Document, which outlines the framework for the Program, was adopted by the City Council on January 11, 2017.
Through this Program, potential job candidates will be able to gain access to an alternate pathway to civil service jobs by way of on-the-job training periods.The Program will provide opportunity to those that face significant barriers to stable employment, and will further the City’s vision for identifying innovative ways to attract, develop, and sustain an equitable workforce.
Bridge to Jobs Program Background
The Bridge to Jobs Program (“BRIDGE”) launched on February 14, 2020 and was created as a proactive response from the Personnel Department to the needs and requests of City Departments to add semi-skilled classifications to a program similar to the Targeted Local Hire (“TLH”) Program. Since the inception of the TLH Program, City departments have requested additional classifications be added to TLH; however, some of these classifications are semi-skilled requiring a higher level of competencies than those that TLH was intended for. In order to address these requests, the Personnel Department began developing BRIDGE to create alternative pathways into semi-skilled civil service classifications.
In order to develop BRIDGE, the Personnel Department met with a number of City departments, General Managers, and labor representatives in order to provide an overview of the proposed program framework, gauge their interest in the program, explore classifications being considered for the program, discuss any potential concerns or barriers to the program development and implementation, and incorporate any input they may have into the program framework.
As a result of these meetings and discussions, Personnel Department staff identified the semi-skilled civil service classifications that were most suitable for BRIDGE, and developed a framework that fit the requirements of each. Through this program, potential job candidates will be able to gain access to an alternate pathway to civil service jobs by way of on-the-job training periods in semi-skilled classifications.
The program will provide opportunity to those that face significant barriers to stable employment, and will further the City’s vision for identifying innovative ways to attract, develop, and sustain an equitable workforce.