By Daniel Van Hoosier – Contributing Editor
A new program developed by Metro is set to create numerous career opportunities within the transportation industry.
The Workforce Initiative Now-Los Angeles (WIN-LA) program, just signed-off on and getting underway this summer, will offer a wide array of job options and, according to metro.net, “create career pathways in construction, non-construction opportunities in operations/maintenance, administration and professional services. WIN-LA will also increase the resources needed for training and placement of ‘hard to fill’ positions in our transportation industry.”
The program includes training, as well as education opportunities and life skills/skill enhancement resources. These endeavors will be aided by Metro’s Project Labor Agreement as well as the Construction Careers Policy with “a collaborative model of trainers, service providers and partners to identify, assess, train and employ WIN-LA participants.”
WIN-LA will have a broad reach and ripple effect, not only in Los Angeles, but in Lakewood, Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens and Norwalk.
“WIN-LA will create career pathways opportunities for Lakewood residents as well as residents of our neighboring cities,” SELACO (Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board) Policy Board Chair and Lakewood City Council Member Jeff Wood said. “Those looking to start new jobs and careers in a variety of construction and construction-related fields will now have an opportunity to do so.”
Wood recently took part in WIN-LA’s launch event and was proud to represent not only Lakewood, but the neighboring areas as well.
“It was an honor, as chair of the SELACO policy board, to represent our seven cities by participating in the launch of the WIN-LA initiative and ceremonial signing of the memorandum of understanding along with the mayor of Los Angeles, chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, CEO of Metro and the other workforce development boards,” he said. “It is always a great feeling when we take action to create job opportunities.
“Creating career pathways is more than just finding somebody a job – it’s giving them the skills and training necessary to compete in the workforce and take advantage of the opportunities being offered in the transportation industry,” Wood added.
For more information, visit metro.net/about/win-la/.