Pamela Stokes (center) went through the South Los Angeles WorkSource Center to join the Targeted Local Hire Program and now works as an Administrative Clerk for LAWA
EWDD’s WorkSource Centers were honored at a special presentation Tuesday February 26, 2019 at City Hall celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP).

Nine of EWDD’s WorkSource Centers are credited with processing the approximately 5,653 active applicants into the program, which offers underserved and underemployed Angelenos an opportunity for an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City of LA.

Targeted Local Hire Program participant Pamela Stokes transitioned from a more than 20-year career in food service management and through the program, and now works at the security badge office at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).

“I am proud to say that I am a success story. They helped me not only to grow as a person, but also to grow in the career field with the City,” she said. “I am so grateful for all of you for this program. I applied in July 2017 and by December I was working.”

Pamela also expressed gratitude for the assistance she received at the South Los Angeles WorkSource Center, overseen by EWDD partner UAW, where staff made her feel comfortable asking for resume help and provided interview tips.

To date, more than 500 candidates have successfully been placed into City jobs through the program.

Targeted Local Hire Program candidates initially start as office trainees or vocational workers. After six-months of on-the-job training, candidates then enter a six-month probationary period to become civil service employees, after which they are eligible to apply for promotional opportunities through civil service exams.

Discover the various programs and benefits offered through EWDD Employment Services and WorkSource Centers. Visit the City of Los Angeles' Targeted Local Hire Program website to locate the nearest WorkSource Center or referral agency accepting applications for the program.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of February 25, 2019. Read this issue and more.