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LACTC JOBS DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE UNVEILS TRAINING PROGRAM

 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 ~PRNewswire~ -- LACTC Commissioner and RTD board member Nick Patsaouras today unveiled a proposed jobs development and training program of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC). The proposed program was announced following a meeting of the Job Development~Training Task Force of which Patsaouras is chair and will be forwarded to LACTC commissioners for final approval at its December meeting.
 "Economic growth and jobs creation is the foremost challenge of this decade and, as a major regional economic force, the LACTC is in a position to make a significant contribution toward employment development," said Patsaouras. "This Task Force was charged with and has developed a model program that will help to redirect displaced and unemployed workers."
 The proposed program to be recommended to the LACTC encourages a commitment to job development and training from contractors and bidders seeking to do business with the LACTC. "We are recommending that at least 3 percent of the total direct labor costs be allocated to a job development and training plan by all contractors and bidders," said Patsaouras. "And at least half of that should go toward programs designed to increase employment opportunities for workers between 17 and 35." Under the proposed program, bidders would be eligible for bonus points in the contract award process if at least two of the following activities are met including:
 -- Organized activities designed to improve basic skills of employees including writing, reading, and communication skills necessary to coping with changing job requirements;
 -- Activities that constitute formal, technical efforts to upgrade and enhance on-the-job competencies to improve job performance and raise employee productivity;
 -- Formal programs designed to facilitate and aid in the training and hiring of displaced workers predominantly between the ages of 17 and 35;
 -- Train and facilitate career readiness for high school students seeking entry level employment opportunities in labor markets, in addition to developing programs such as in-house and~or formal programs in traditional education institutions aimed at increasing employment opportunities for presently unemployed workers.
 "This broad coalition of labor, education and business leaders that comprise the Task Force have taken the first step to develop a game plan on how to approach one of the most critical issues of our time. By including all facets of our diverse community, we can work together toward the common goal of an equitable distribution of jobs, creative opportunity for the business sector, and economic enhancement for our city," concluded Patsaouras.
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 ~CONTACT: Michael Bustamante, 213-244-6591, or Stephanie Brady, 213-244-6792, both of LACTC~


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