Job Search Instruction and Assistance
All aspects of job search training, including career exploration, identifying transferable skills, completing job applications, creating professional resumes, contacting employers & succeeding in job interviews, are areas of specialty for LACOE’s GAIN Division and its staff. LACOE has provided these services throughout Los Angeles County since 1988. Our staff is both knowledgeable and professional, maintaining great partnerships with businesses and education and training providers in every community in the region.
We are results-oriented, and constantly analyze and report our job-placement outcomes to ensure that participants receive valuable assistance while saving limited taxpayer dollars.
The LACOE GAIN Division has contracted with various Community Colleges within Los Angeles county to address the "skills gap" that has gained so much attention lately by providing short-term training in the skills that employers are currently seeking in their labor force. In addition to providing industry-specific, focused training, LACOE works with business partners to eventually place participants that successfully complete training in good jobs with our partner companies. This formula of providing specific training for specific skills that businesses are seeking has proved to be very successful with some training cohort groups attaining up to 80% placement after completion of the program.
Matching Business Needs with Qualified Workers
Our Job Placement Specialist staff work with businesses across Los Angeles county to match qualified workers with the personnel requirements of our business partners. The GAIN Division offers in-house and outside recruitment opportunities, direct placement, and our highly attended Hiring Sprees among other services.
Supportive and Post-Employment Services
Most participants in our publicly-supported programs continue to receive direct financial assistance until achieving economic self-sufficiency. This may include subsidized child-care, transportation assistance, further education and training, and continued eligibility for low-income Medi-Cal health care coverage for both adult workers and their children.
Additionally, LACOE’s GAIN Division staff remain available to both the employer and to their new workers to ensure that obstacles to career stability and growth are overcome.
Customized Training and Workshops
In addition to providing core welfare-to-work services for job-seekers in LA County’s public assistance programs, LACOE’s GAIN Division has experience and expertise to deliver customized training for both public and private organizations. Our upbeat and motivational staff has helped recently laid-off workers to succeed in the job market, as well as energizing current employees to form more productive and cooperative teams.
Examples of our training and workshop offerings:
Winning New Jobs – A one week, half-day, program for recently laid-off workers.
Teen Passport to Success – An eight-week Saturdays program for at-risk teenagers.
Success Strategies for Career Advancement – Full-day training for mid-career staff.
The FISH Philosophy: Four Steps to a More Productive, Creative, & Fun Workplace.
212 Degrees: Releasing Organizational Energy by Giving an Extra Degree of Effort.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
There is never any fee or cost to the employer for utilizing the applicant pre-screening and referral services of LACOE’s GAIN Division. Neither is there any obligation on the part of employers to hire one or any individuals referred for your final selection process.
In fact, most if not all of our applicants are eligible for generous business tax incentives, including the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) which may save a company thousands of dollars ($2400 to $9000) for each new employee hired under this program.
LACOE’s GAIN Division staff can assist your company in completing and submitting pre-certification forms for the federally-administered WOTC program. For details see:
Click here to go to the WOTC website.