J Trinidad Vega (pictured) recently started a job at LA's Department of Public Works through the City’s Targeted Local Hire Program
The Hollywood WorkSource Center recently helped J Trinidad Vega get a job as a vocational worker with the City of Los Angeles through the Targeted Local Hire Program (TLHP), which is designed to help under-served and under-employed Angelenos find an alternative pathway to civil service careers at the City.

After working many jobs in labor, security, retail and towing in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, J was struggling to earn enough money to support his family. He often worked more than eight hours a day and still could not afford health insurance due to high costs.

J was motivated to find a better job and once his girlfriend was hired by the Targeted Local Hire Program, she encouraged J to apply as well.

The Hollywood WorkSource Center staff, overseen by EWDD partner Managed Career Solutions, provided guidance for J to become job ready and helped process his application for the TLHP in December 2018. He interviewed with the City in February 2019 and soon received a job offer.

On April 29, 2019, J started work as a vocational worker with the City’s Department of Public Works Wastewater Collection Systems Division. He will start with six months of on-the-job training, after which he will enter a six-month probation period as a maintenance assistant.

After a full year, J will gain full civil service status with the City of LA as a maintenance laborer. At that point, J is eligible for promotional opportunities to many career pathways through civil service exams.

J said he is happy to have comprehensive benefits, including health insurance for his whole family, stable pay and a work schedule that will allow him to spend more time with his children.

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 May 6, 2019. Read this issue and more.