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File #: 2017-0271   
Type: Motion / Motion Response Status: Passed
File created: 4/14/2017 In control: Executive Management Committee
On agenda: 4/20/2017 Final action: 4/27/2017
Title: APPROVE Motion by Ridley-Thomas, Fasana, Garcetti, Barger, Garcia and Dupont-Walker to direct the Chief Executive Officer, in consultation with appropriate Departments of the County of Los Angeles including the Probation Department, Children and Family Services Department, Office of Education, the Department of Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services, Department of Public Social Services, and other appropriate entities, to report back to the Executive Management Committee during the June board cycle with a proposed framework for a pilot educational and vocational training program, specifically though not exclusively targeting youth involved in the County's Probation or Child Welfare System, with the objective of facilitating career pathways for local youth into Los Angeles County's transportation sector.
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Children, Construction, Eric Garcetti, Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Jobs, John Fasana?, Kathryn Barger, Local transportation, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Motion / Motion Response, Program, Robert Garcia, Statistics
Related files: 2018-0606
APRIL 20, 2017

Motion by:

Ridley-Thomas, Fasana, Garcetti, Barger, Garcia and Dupont-Walker

Item 43: Supporting Access to Careers in Los Angeles County's Transportation Sector for At-Risk Youth

Following the passage of Measure M, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is poised to dramatically transform the transportation infrastructure of the region, and in doing so, propel the development of a sizable workforce to support the planning, construction, operations and maintenance of our expanding system. Specifically, the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) estimates that 778,000 jobs and $133.6 billion in economic output will result from infrastructure projects funded by Metro's Traffic Improvement Plan over the next half century. LAEDC further projects that the construction, architecture and engineering fields would experience the highest percentage of growth.
Over the next three years, 39% of the Metro workforce will be fully eligible for retirement. Metro has numerous programs in place to support inclusive contracting opportunities and a diverse workforce. Specially, the Department of Economic Opportunity and Diversity systemically identifies opportunities to expand participation of small, local and veteran-owned businesses through all of Metro's contracts. In addition, Metro has instituted numerous workforce development initiatives including the Workforce Initiative Now - Los Angeles (WIN-LA) Program, as well as an agency-wide Project Labor Agreement which requires the significant participation of targeted and disadvantaged worker populations on major construction projects.
However, in order to further foster a pipeline of qualified, local individuals for careers in the transportation sector, Metro should also consider engaging youth early on, potentially as part of their middle or high school experience. Moreover, there is an opportun...

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