A job seeker (left) at the Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center job fair May 2, 2019 speaks with Virginia Montano (right), a representative from truck driver services company ProDrivers
Approximately 150 job seekers attended a job fair hosted May 2, 2019 by the Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center, operated by EWDD partner Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC).

In total, 46 booths set-up at WLCAC’s Phoenix Hall for the job fair, including 35 employers and service providers, some of which were offering positions, said Elton Blake, Executive Director of Employment and Training Services at the Southeast LA WorkSource Center.

“A lot of people showed up,” he said. Initially set-up as a job fair for veterans, the job fair was expanded to include job seekers at large.

A wide range of employers were present, offering jobs in construction, the automotive and aerospace industry and government sector.

Truck driver services company ProDrivers has hired up to 50 job seekers from the Southeast LA WorkSource job fairs in the past six years, said Virginia Montana, Driver Relations Specialist. ProDrivers has had a lot of success with the WorkSource Center’s participants and has helped provide direction for job seekers who were uncertain what career path to take while seeking work, Virginia said.

“We’re the stepping stone for them, if they’ve been out of the workforce for a long time,” she said. ProDrivers supports the City’s WorkSource system because, “It’s a great cause,” she said. “That’s the goal. There are opportunities for people. There’s work available.”

Learn more about the various programs and benefits offered through EWDD Employment Services and WorkSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of May 6, 2019. Read this issue and more.