Los Angeles, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the implementation of a 24-month Temporary Services Registry pilot project starting in April of this year. The motion, offered by Supervisor Janice Hahn and Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, aims to create an alternative for the County’s reliance on private temporary worker agencies and a pipeline for residents to become full-time permanent County employees.
“In my first 60 days as Supervisor, I have become increasingly concerned with the number of services and functions that we contract out to private companies,” said Supervisor Hahn. “I am hopeful that our own County temporary worker registry will be a practical and affordable option to address our immediate staffing needs and a way to connect talented, capable workers with full-time permanent employment with LA County.”
As the largest employer in the County of Los Angeles, one of our main goals is to create a pipeline of exceptional County jobs. The motion today will not only provide a temporary services registry, but will also provide targeted participants who are diverse in race, age, expertise, and gender. Participants of the program will receive training, relevant experience, and desirable qualifications that can count towards the requirements for a full-time County position. The Temporary Services Registry pilot project includes specific goals to include diversity and equal opportunity for all participants
“Being able to provide a job to our residents is one of the most important things our County can offer. Having a job means sustainability, a steady income, and security,” said Supervisor Solis. “Our County is filled with talented individuals who can become a great asset to our many departments. We provide, not only living wage jobs, but we also provide lifelong careers.”
The pilot program’s goals are to help individuals facing barriers to employment enter careers in the public sector. An evaluation of the program and its participants will be done at the culmination of the two-year pilot project. These goals which are not mutually exclusive include: (1) the majority of participants must be from groups facing barriers to employment as served by the region’s workforce development system, (2) at least 30% must be students or graduates of local community colleges residing in low-income areas of the County, (3) at least 25% must be current or former foster youth, and (4) at least 20% must be served by the County’s Department of Social Services GAIN/GROW programs.