Local Worker Hiring Program

Through the Project Labor Agreement (PLA), the Build Program and its contractors are guaranteed the skilled labor necessary to execute its capital improvement program. The PLA contains a 30% local worker hiring goal and establishes a pathway to apprenticeship for Los Angeles Trade Tech students (LATTC) that applies to all bond-funded projects. These elements of the PLA are the framework for our LWHP.

The LWHP provides community residents an opportunity to be referred to craft unions for membership and apprenticeship training. Project placement is made through prime and sub-contractors via union dispatch or contractor sponsorship.

Apprenticeship Preparation Programs



YouthBuild provides students with a pre-apprenticeship construction certification from the Building Trades Multi-Craft Core Curriculum. Students learn in an environment of labor and management cooperation where master craftworkers coach these students as they pick up the tools and techniques of the trades.

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“We Build” Program

Los Angeles Unified School School District

The Los Angeles Unified School District “We Build” Program provides local District residents with an opportunity to enroll in a comprehensive, ten-week pre-apprenticeship training program offered at Adult & Career Education Occupational/Skills Centers. Upon completion, “We Build” graduates are competitively positioned for placement on construction projects through its contractors and the local trade unions.

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Flintridge Center

The Pasadena/Altadena Apprenticeship Preparation Program offers a pathway to meaningful careers in the construction trades. The program helps steer young adults in high-risk circumstances away from gangs and street life by providing them with construction pre-apprenticeship training skills for successful placement into union apprenticeships.

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WINTER (Women in Non-Traditional Employment Roles) provide students with workplace competency skills; life skills, and personal assessment; job retention skills; preparation for entry into non-traditional employment careers; safety instruction (OSHA 10, OSHA 30 certificate program); hands-on pre-apprenticeship training in construction trades; environmental education and remediation (HAZMAT lead, asbestos abatement, etc.); green retrofit building certification; and financial literacy and credit counseling.

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Local Worker Hire Program Contacts



If you are interested in making a career in construction and would like more information please contact: James Richmond at (323) 981-7229 or Isabell Guillen at (323) 981-7230.

What the Community is Saying

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"If you make it through Trade Tech there is no doubt in my mind you can make it through here."

Giovani Polanco

LA Trade Tech Graduate

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"I'm really thankful. I'm ready to get out here and show that Trade Tech produces great electricians to open that door for a lot more people."

Christian Ortega

LA Trade Tech Graduate

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"I’m just very grateful for the opportunity that was presented to me because of you all."

Chip Conner

LA Trade Tech Student

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Small Contractor Boot Camp Flyer - Spring 2019
MARCH 13, 2019

Small Contractor Boot Camp - Spring 2019

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Small Contractor Boot Camp is a six-week program that provides small contractors with the tools necessary to improve their competitive capacity through a comprehensive, hands-on curriculum. At the conclusion of the 6-week boot camp, small contractors will be ready to bid on BuildLACCD contracts.

08132018 SOS Topping Out Summary
AUGUST 13, 2018

LASC - Celebrates the School of Science Steel Topping out

August 13, 2018-Los Angeles Community College District officials joined the design-build team, Harper Construction Co. and Sillman Wright Architect officials for a special ceremony celebrating a construction milestone for the School of Science Building at Los Angeles Southwest College. The new, $16 million School of Science is an environmentally friendly, 27,000-square-foot, two-story building funded by 2008’s $3.5 billion Measure J for the modernization, renovation and new construction of LACCD facilities. The building will feature state-of-the art labs, classrooms and a rooftop observatory or students and faculty to gather. The School of Science building is expected to open in Fall 2019.

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