Interview with Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board Chair Erick Verduzco Vega

Quotes from Charter Local Edition Interview

Federal program to train job seekers

“it’s a system that that exists nationwide and it’s a system that’s intended to to train jobseekers and to also help businesses that are looking for employees in finding the right employees with Olivia appropriate qualification”

Not a direct threat to funding

“our concern is always in providing access to good and appropriate training for employees and also to be able to provide services for our businesses that fall within our jurisdiction but you know I believe that the federal government understands that that there is a need for providing better skills for for job seekers so I don’t I don’t think there’s a direct threat to that funding”

We provide training and placement services

“we actually do provide quite a few services so focusing on just just the job seekers for example if someone gets laid off we have a Rapid Response program which means that when a company sends notice that they will be conducting layoffs we then send our team our Rapid Response Team to that company and provide the the new job seekers with information and resources such as how to claim unemployment where to look for jobs outplacement services absolutely we do provide we provide training and placement services’

Trying to move to a demand driven system

“for example in just a generalized example if there’s a company that comes to us and says look we need or we believe we will have a need for a thousand welders within the next four or five years we can then partner with a community college or a technical school or institute like la tech for example and they are one of our partners and we try to develop a program that will be able to to meet the needs of that particular business o our system our county white system has been focusing a lot more recently on a demand-driven model where the demands