SACRAMENTO – The State of California’s Employment Training Panel (ETP) announced that it approved 24 contracts worth over $6 million in job training funds for 6,000 workers. Panel members awarded two contracts to Edwards Lifesciences, and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles under its COVID Rapid Reemployment & Retraining Pilot program. Together, these businesses will receive $400,000 to hire 200 unemployed individuals.
“Unemployment rates are currently higher than they were during the Great Recession due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Peter Cooper, Employment Training Panel Assistant Executive Director. “This pilot program is providing reemployment opportunities for individuals who have been out of work.”
In May 2020, ETP established the COVID-19 Rapid Reemployment & Retraining Pilot program to support industries that are critical to the health and welfare of Californians, and the reopening of the economy during the pandemic. This pilot is designed to rapidly support employers and workers that have been at risk, working through the stay-at-home orders, and now need to train newly hired staff.
Edwards Lifescienes develops, manufactures, and markets medical devices and technologies used in the treatment of advanced cardiovascular disease and hemodynamic monitoring. Edwards is focusing on its supply chain, from design, to manufacturing, and distribution, in an effort to reduce cycle times, improve overall quality, and revolutionize new products in the marketplace.
As Edwards has seen an increased demand for its products, it will hire 100 new workers to keep up with manufacturing needs. Trainees under this contract will get acclimated with COVID-19 employee safety skills to begin production and manufacturing line work much sooner after hire, while also assisting in achieving higher quality.
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) provides affordable housing in Los Angeles. Its mission is to preserve, enhance, expand affordable housing, and improve the quality of life, with focus on people, place, and pathways to opportunities.
HACLA’s WorkSource Center onboards individuals to provide job training, and career pathways. Workplace Success, COVID-19 Safety, Communications Skills, and Time Management training will be delivered to 100 newly hired employees who will be offered jobs in essential industries that have been substantially impacted by the pandemic.
By strategically expending its resources, the Employment Training Panel’s COVID Pilot funds will allow Californians to gain jobs through skilled training, which will in turn, drive a faster and more robust economic recovery
For more information about the program, please visit www.etp.ca.gov, or call (916) 327-5578.