How It Works

What is the Targeted Local Hire Program?

The Targeted Local Hire Program creates an alternate job pathway into City civil service via full-time, paid, on-the-job training for entry-level City positions. After an initial 6 month on-the-job training period (full-time, paid, benefits), successful candidates are hired as a City employee and will serve a 6 month probationary period. Once the probationary period is successfully completed, the candidate is transitioned to full-time regular civil service employment.

What is the Bridge to Jobs Program?

The Bridge to Jobs Program also provides an alternate pathway into City civil service positions. These positions are also full-time, paid, and provide on-the-job training. The main difference between this program and the Targeted Local Hire Program is that the Bridge to Jobs Program seeks to hire individuals to semi-skilled classifications, rather than entry-level positions. As the positions are semi-skilled, candidates must provide proof of one (1) of the following four (4) requirements in order to be eligible for the program:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Approved Certification
  • A passing score on the CASAS test
  • A passing score on the City’s Aptitude test

Candidates hired through the Bridge to Jobs Program are appointed to a training classification and are exempt from civil service during this period. Employees in training classifications are appointed into temporary training positions where they may be employed for a maximum of five (5) years. Communication Information Representative Trainees hired through the program must successfully complete the on-the-job training period in order to move forward to the applicable “Assistant” classification. Upon appointment to the applicable “Assistant” classification, individuals will need to successfully complete a civil service probationary period. Once the probationary period is successfully completed, the candidate is transitioned to full-time regular civil service employment. Please note, this process does not apply to those hired as Inspector Trainees, who must pass a civil service examination in the Inspector Series within five (5) years of being hired in order to be appointed to a full-time City civil service classification.


Who are these programs for?

TARGETED POPULATIONS. Though anyone may apply, the two Programs seek to target and recruit individuals from the vulnerable and underserved populations below:

 
 

What kind of jobs are available?

JOB PATHWAYS. Targeted Local Hire Program candidates may choose to apply for Vocational Worker, which leads into nine (9) job classification pathways that include: Custodian, Gardener Caretaker, Garage Attendant, Maintenance Labor, Tree Surgeon Assistant, Street Services Worker, Animal Care Technician, Warehouse and Toolroom Worker or Animal License Canvasser. Or, they may choose to apply for Office Trainee, which leads to Administrative Clerk or Delivery Driver. Candidates must successfully pass a six (6) month on-the-job training period, and then a six (6) month probationary period prior to full civil service transition.

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LA LOCAL HIRE

NOTE: Additional promotional opportunities may be available through other civil service exams and career ladders. For a list of competencies and tasks that these job classifications require, please click here.

For more information regarding careers offered in the Targeted Local Hire, please see our PDF iconTLH Career Ladder Pamphlet


Bridge to Jobs Program candidates may choose to apply for the Communications Information Representative Trainee or the Inspector Trainee positions. Communications Information Representative Trainees must pass an on-the-job training period, and then a six (6) month probationary period prior to full civil service transition. Inspector Trainees must pass a civil service examination in the Inspector Series within five (5) years of being hired in order to be appointed to a full-time City civil service classification. During this period, Inspector Trainees are provided robust on-the-job training and are assisted with preparing for exams.

BRIDGE

For information regarding promotional opportunities available through Civil Service exams, please see the Communication Information Representative Career Ladder and the Assistant Inspector Career Ladder.

* Note: additional promotional opportunities may be available through other City civil service exams and career ladders.

For more information regarding careers offered in the Bridge to Jobs Program, please see our PDF iconBridge Information Sheet

 

How do I apply?

 

All candidates for both the Targeted Local Hire Program and the Bridge to Jobs Program must participate in a job readiness assessment/screening and be deemed job ready by a Referral Agency. If deemed job ready, candidates will receive a signed Agency Referral Form.

After obtaining an appropriately signed Agency Referral Form, candidates must contact an Application Site to schedule a LA Local Hire Program Orientation & Application Session. During the session, approved candidates will receive an orientation to both programs and submit their online Program Application(s). Applicants without a valid Agency Referral Form or referral code (unique code assigned at the Application Sites) will be disqualified.

Those who wish to apply to the Bridge to Jobs Program must also provide proof of one (1) of the following four (4) requirements:

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Approved Certification
  • A passing score on the CASAS test
  • A passing score on the City's Aptitude test

Bridge to Jobs candidates should make sure to bring a copy of their High School diploma or equivalent, or approved certification, to their Application Site session. If you wish to qualify by taking the CASAS test or the City’s Aptitude test, you will indicate this on your online application, and will be sent information on how to schedule yourself for either exam shortly after your submission.

To schedule an appointment with a Referral Agency, click here to find the location nearest you.
 
For information on how to apply and next steps, please see our PDF iconApplication Checklist

 


How am I selected for hire?

 

APPLICATION POOL & RANDOM SELECTION. Once a Program Application has been approved, it is placed into the Application Pool. When vacancies are available, departments will request a list of candidates to consider for hire. Candidates in the Application Pool are then randomly selected* to be referred to the department for hiring consideration.

* The Application Pool is split into two Tiers. Tier 1 consists of those candidates who have identified as one or more of the above targeted categories; Tier 2 are candidates who do not identify or choose not to identify in any of the targeted categories. When a City department has an entry-level vacancy to fill, it may request a Referral List from either Program. Staff will filter the Application Pool based on the candidate's job preferences (as indicated on the Program Application). From the filtered list, candidates will be randomly selected. The Referral List provided to the department will consist of 80% Tier 1 applicants and 20% Tier 2 applicants. For example, a Referral List of ten (10) randomly selected candidates will have eight (8) - Tier 1 candidates and two (2) - Tier 2 candidates. The Referral List is then forwarded to the City department for hiring consideration. 

There is no guarantee of a referral or a job under these Programs. Staff is unable to indicate a timeframe for when an applicant would potentially be referred or even hired, as it is all based on available vacancies and random selection. All applications in the Pool will be valid for one year; approximately thirty days before the expiration date, candidates will be notified by e-mail of their renewal options.