TO GET TALENT
Connecting Local Businesses
to Regional Resources
The LA Basin is home to an estimated 244,000 businesses that fuel our region’s economic vitality. From small businesses to large, and across a diverse range of industries, our local business communities rely on access to a qualified, skilled, and competitive workforce to grow and thrive. The LA Basin Workforce Network (LABWN) is committed to creating innovative partnerships, programs, and solutions that directly respond to the specific needs of local businesses while connecting them to vital resources across our region.
MEETING THE NEED
new jobs will need to be filled by 2020 in the LA Basin1
of all jobs will require post-secondary education or training by 20202
7 in 10
manufacturing employers face a shortage of skilled workers3
of region’s aerospace employers plan to add jobs in the next year4
of Metro’s workforce will be eligible for retirement by 20245
CLOSING THE SKILL AND LABOR GAPS
The LA Basin economy is growing strong, and employment remains high. As businesses across the region continue expanding and hiring, the labor market is experiencing significant shifts. Employers across multiple industries are facing an exodus of knowledgeable, experienced workers as they prepare for retirement. Many industry sectors are seeing a greater demand for workers that bring more specialized skills, and struggle to find employees for hard-to-fill positions.
As part of our region-wide collaboration, the LABWN works closely with local businesses representing a range of industries across the LA Basin. By actively involving employers in shaping our strategies and initiatives, we’re helping develop, implement, and support training programs and solutions that build the pipeline of skilled, qualified, work-ready, and diverse employees they need most.
THE HEALTHCARE PIPELINE
MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING PIPELINE
The LABWN is partnering with the LA Basin’s manufacturers in aerospace, bioscience/technology, and other industries to update the skills of incumbent employees while preparing the next generation of qualified workers. Through innovative initiatives like our Aero-Flex Pre-Apprenticeship, the nation’s first of its kind, we’re delivering training programs customized to meet the specific needs of manufacturers across our region.
From the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the transportation network of Metro, the LABWN is collaborating with employers regionwide to make sure they have a sustainable, qualified pipeline of work-ready employees. Through unique partnerships like Metro’s Workforce Initiative Now-Los Angeles (WIN-LA), we’re opening career pathways for our communities’ underserved job seekers while training the skilled, qualified workers needed to build our region’s future.
EXPANDING THE TALENT POOL
With initiatives aimed at disconnected out-of-school and out-of-work youth, veterans, individuals involved with the criminal justice system, people experiencing homelessness and mental health issues, job seekers with disabilities, and more, we’re working to make sure every individual in the LA Basin has every opportunity to find and thrive in a career, become contributing members of their communities, and support the success of the employers who believe in them. As our region’s businesses face challenges in filling positions and finding qualified workers, the LABWN is connecting them to this expanded pool of untapped talent.
One Source, Many Business Solutions
With business centers and dedicated, experienced business staff located in communities across the LA Basin, local employers have convenient, centralized, no- and low-cost access to a wide network of business services and solutions offered by the LABWN partners. These include:
- Customized training and incumbent worker training
- Paid on-the-job training, internships, and work experience
- Labor market research
- Business seminars, workshops, and consulting
- Recruitment, staffing, and hiring assistance
- Retention strategies and employee development
- Layoff aversion, downsizing assistance, and other rapid response
- Assistance with business loans, tax incentives, and Opportunity Zones
- Navigation services for entrepreneurs and business start-ups