On October 21, the LA Federation of Labor graduated their inaugural class of 20 formerly incarcerated individuals from the newly launched Los Angeles Reentry Workforce Collaborative. Now that the graduates have completed this 12-week program, they will be placed in union apprenticeships to not only have jobs, but real and lasting careers.
Los Angeles is home to the largest formerly incarcerated population in California, with tens of thousands of individuals released in the County each year. Formerly incarcerated individuals experience severe barriers to employment, and finding good jobs for these Angelenos is absolutely critical. Without opportunity, the chances of returning to jail or prison are significantly higher.
The Collaborative is a joint undertaking between five core partners: the LA Fed, the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. By earning certifications, employment experience, and transferable skills, this is meant to be a game changer in the lives of these participants.