HTA Santa Monica Job Initiatives Program
In 2013, the HTA received grant funding from the City of Santa Monica to pilot as program through which they would work with 50 “Opportunity Youth” (age 18-24) who were job ready, resided in the Pico neighborhood or other vulnerable areas with the City of Santa Monica, and/or had attended a public school within the City, and pipeline them into union jobs in the high-growth hospitality, food service and tourism sector. Based on the success of the program, the HTA has received renewed funding to not only continue its work with the youth but also to expand its program to include low-income adults as well, thereby helping to ensure that that local hire is being enforced and that Santa Monica residents are receiving the benefits of the economic boom in the city, and obtaining jobs close to home.
Hospitality Sector Intermediary Program
The HTA has received a contract from the County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to serve as an Intermediary for the hospitality industry. The goal of the project is to work with LA County employers to facilitate the employment in the hospitality industry of individuals who are clients of the WIB’s contract agencies. In addition to locating available positions for WIB clients, the HTA will advise the WIB on new training requirements and other employee qualifications identified by employers. As sector intermediary, HTA is also convening a series of meetings with all sorts of partners from within the sector to discuss the industry, how it is changing, and what we can do to meet the demands of the sector.
English As A Second Language (ESL) Program
In March 2014, the HTA successfully launched its Pre-ESL / ESL / Vocational ESL (VESL) program for union members working at LAX or one of the surrounding airport hotels in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District Division of Adult and Career Education. The highly interactive 16 week program, which meets in the evenings twice a week, is designed to build the basic language skills of each participant while also teaching common terminology, colloquialisms, and relevant workplace terminology and phrases needed to build the self-confidence and self-assurednance that will help workers to not only succeed but advance on the job or, if seeking new employment, to perform and communicate well at job interviews.