For more than 35 years, The South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) has been a leader in workforce innovation and has been helping job seekers and employers in Inglewood and 10 other South Bay communities with no cost employment services and support.
Under the direction of Executive Director Jan Vogel, the SBWIB operates four One-Stop Business & Career Centers serving adults, youth and small and large businesses in the communities of Carson, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance.
Large and small businesses benefit from the SBWIB’s no cost services and support which include: Apprenticeships and Paid Intern services; Rapid Response & Layoff Aversion planning; Recruitment services; Staff Training Resources; ETP Funding; Hiring Events & Candidate Screenings; and, Wage Subsidy Programs.
The SBWIB has received national awards for performance of workforce development activities for employment and business services, not only within Los Angeles County, but throughout Southern California. The SBWIB has also been recognized for being one of the highest performing Workforce Investment Boards in the state of California.
Among the no cost services provided for adults are: Re-entry services – Career Pathways 180; Transitional Subsidized Employment & On-the-Job Training; Veteran Transition & Employment Services; Hiring Events, Outreach & Recruitment, Education & Training; and, Blueprint for Workplace Success Training, Career Counseling & Resume Preparation
The establishment of apprenticeship programs utilizing innovative approaches for employer engagement and job seeker recruitment for both union and non-union apprenticeship models is a major emphasis for the SBWIB. And one of the best examples is the Construction and Utilities Pathways Program which is enabling many Inglewood and South Bay job seekers to gain entry into construction jobs at the new football stadium and entertainment district being constructed in Inglewood and surface transportation and expansion projects around LAX.
Another is a pre apprenticeship program in Aerospace Engineering called AERO-Flex. The advanced manufacturing program has quickly evolved into an employer-centric earn and learn model attracting top employers such as Northrop Grumman, Lockheed-Martin, L-3 Communications, Impressa Aerospace, Magnetika and many others. This employer driven pre-apprenticeship will ensure advanced manufacturing firms can find the talent they need locally and provide workers with the hands-on experience employers need. Mr. Vogel plans to expand the program statewide and nationally with both the pre apprenticeship program and a registered apprenticeship in engineering.
Inglewood youth are receiving educational support and career guidance through the One-Stop Center as well at the SBWIB sponsored Inglewood Teen Center. After school tutoring, career counseling, resume preparation, college preparation services, and job placement services are akll provided at no cost.