Southern California Program

Goodwill Industries of Southern California

Civic and Community
Los Angeles, CA
December 2018

The manufacturing sector in Los Angeles County provides over 360,000 jobs with an annual average wage of approximately $65,000, which is $5,500 higher than the County average.  However, the employers in the sector indicate that they do not have adequate qualified workers to fill their open positions.  Not surprisingly, the skills gap widens for unique populations, who include those re-entering society after incarceration, the disabled, homeless, unemployed veterans, disconnected youth, and the working poor.  A grant from the Keck Foundation will support Goodwill’s role as a sector ‘convener’ to mitigate the misalignment between employers and training providers and achieve greater accessibility and employment opportunities for unique populations in the County.  Goodwill will recruit and convene stakeholders to identify skill gaps and workforce needs in the manufacturing sector and establish customized training programs that are in demand and create meaningful career pathways for jobseekers. Through Goodwill’s Work Source and Career Resource Centers and its affiliate partners, job seekers will receive career counseling, referrals to customized training programs, placement with manufacturing businesses, and follow-up support.  Over a two-year period, Goodwill will place 2,000 individuals into jobs paying above the minimum wage and offering career mobility.

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