Los Angeles Workforce Intermediary Partnership Program Highlighted in New Report


November 14 ,2017

Contact: Emmelle Israel, 702-302-3189, eisrael@aflcio.org
Andrew Cohen, 818-419-0064, acohen@unitehere11.org

Report from national labor groups released to promote innovative apprenticeship programs in honor of National Apprenticeship Week – Report available here

Los Angeles, CA – As National Apprenticeship Week kicks off, a new report from the Working for America Institute and Jobs With Justice Education Fund profiles a Los Angeles apprenticeship program as a successful example of a workforce intermediary partnership. These partnerships bring together unions and employers to recruit, train, and diversify the workforce for a given industry or a specific employer. The involvement of unions ensures employer training programs that benefit the company also benefit workers and their communities by creating pathways to family-sustaining careers.

In LA, the Hospitality Training Academy (HTA) brings together local labor, employers, faith and community groups, educational institutions and local government to develop and fund cost-efficient training programs that respond to industry needs, create career opportunities for disadvantaged communities, and provide real paths for advancement for workers who invest their time and effort in training programs. For example, the HTA has created a Chef de Partie/Line Cook apprenticeship program registered with the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship that graduated its first class in in August 2017. Of the 17 participants who graduated, 35 percent were African American, 24 percent were Latino and 41 percent were female. Fifteen of the graduates went on to work as cooks for union employers.

There are an estimated 243 workforce intermediaries in the U.S., though the report focuses on programs that specifically partner with unions. The gap in wages between college and high school graduates has increased since 2001, up to 57 percent in 2016, and many employers report difficulty finding workers with the expertise needed in sectors such as manufacturing, health care, transportation, and construction. Workforce intermediary partnerships address these issues and allow both working people and their employers to thrive by offering alternative education and training opportunities for skilled and specialized jobs across several industries.