Workforce & Education
Our key vocational training initiative is our Los Angeles Pre-Apprenticeship Readiness Program, an 11-week cross-sector partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the Los Angeles Federation of Labor, and the LA/OC Building Trades. All program participants are paid livable wages during cohort training prior to being placed directly in union apprenticeships. We have served over 413 participants (adult and TAY) thus far, with a 75% graduation rate and 82% placement rate of graduates. In the Los Angeles area, there is a need for skilled occupational credential programs, such as those in renewable energy.
Through a cohort program offered by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), our young members can take advantage of training to become Electric Vehicle Maintenance Technicians. The training is centered around Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) with special emphasis on EVSE Maintenance, EVSE Troubleshooting and EVSE Commissioning. Youth completing the program will have the opportunity to select between a technical or non-technical track. The technical track includes training in Computer Aided-Drafting & Manufacturing while the non-technical track includes training in Project Management.
& Credential Programs
All our members complete the three-day ARC Career Readiness Workshop during the orientation process. This workshop equips young people who have returned home from incarceration with the soft skills (mock interviews, e-etiquette, etc.) and resources needed to find employment and education opportunities and build basic financial literacy competency (such as building credit and opening bank accounts). Our overarching goal is to create direct pathways into careers, which we aim to do through stronger employer partnerships, creating additional programs in emerging sectors, and supporting financial literacy efforts.