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County supervisors OK temporary workers registry

Temporary Services Registry will also provide targeted participants who are diverse in race, age, expertise, and gender

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Aims to end county reliance on private temporary workers agencies, full-time permanent county employees

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved the implementation of a 24-month Temporary Services Registry pilot project starting in April of this year. The motion, offered by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda L. Solis, aims to create an alternative for the County’s reliance on private temporary workers 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 Hahn. “I am hopeful that our own county temporary workers 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 L.A. County.”

As the largest employer in the County of Los Angeles, Hahn said one of “our main goals” is to create a pipeline of exceptional county jobs. She said the motion will not only provide a temporary services registry, but will also provide targeted participants who are diverse in race, age, expertise, and gender. Temporary workers in 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 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 is 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 percent must be students or graduates of local community colleges residing in low-income areas of the county, (3) at least 25 percent must be current or former foster youth, and (4) at least 20 percent must be served by the county’s Department of Social Services GAIN/GROW programs.

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