Mayor Villaraigosa Announces $3.3 Million in Grants for Job Training in High Growth, High Wage Industries

Investment in Local Workforce Includes Training Programs in Eight Key Industries 

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, joined by Councilmember Paul Koretz, and business, labor, and community groups, announced $3.3 million in federal Workforce Investment Act grants for job training programs in high growth, high wage industries. The grants will fund training for 1,000 workers in high growth, high wage industry sectors such as entertainment, construction, transportation, security, financial services, green technology, hospitality, and healthcare.

“We are not waiting for Washington to put people back to work,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “By partnering with local industries on workforce training, we are preparing people for the high growth, high wage jobs of the future. The announcement was made at CBS studios, an industry partner in one of the sector training programs. The Pathways to 21st Century Entertainment Careers Sector Initiative will recruit, train, and place unemployed adult, dislocated workers, and veterans into high-wage, high demand occupations in the entertainment industry. Participants in this sector-based training will be placed into high-wage union jobs sponsored by IATSE and into entry-level industry employment while they concurrently attend college to become more competitive for entry into union employment.

“The Leadership of the IATSE is proud to support Hollywood Cinema Production Resources, Inc. and its industry partners in helping underrepresented people obtain skills that will enable them to be ready for employment in the entertainment industry,” Joe Aredas said. The entertainment sector initiative is led by Managed Career Solutions Hollywood WorkSource Center in partnership with Hollywood Cinema Production Resources, Inc. (Hollywood CPR), Workplace Hollywood, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), CBS, West Los Angeles College (WLAC), Live Nation, Fox Entertainment Group, Fox Broadcasting Company, NBC Universal, Warner Brothers Entertainment, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. In 2005, the City of Los Angeles only funded one training program. Today, there are ten training programs in a variety of industry sectors. Workforce Investment funds for individual sectors:

  • Entertainment – $400,000
  • Construction – $400,000
  • Transportation – $800,000
  • Security – $250,000
  • Financial services – $280,000
  • Green technology – $365,000
  • Hospitality – $225,000
  • Healthcare – $600,000

For more information on job-training programs, call 311 or visit www.jobsla.org.

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