Building Skills Partnership

BSP Joins Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in Workforce Symposium


On April 23, 2013, BSP’s Executive Director, Aida Cardenas, joined Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the Workforce Leadership Symposium – Turning Vision into Action. As a City and County Workforce Investment Board Member, Aida spoke about the future of workforce development in Los Angeles and specifically about how union-negotiated training funds can catalyze effective training partnerships between employers, unions, and other industry stakeholders. The symposium highlighted current practices to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Los Angeles workforce system by pooling resources and integrating services, bringing training for the economy’s growing industries to scale, and best practices for workplace training.

Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa delivered the keynote address to recognize the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board and its members for their dedication and commitment to workforce development for the people of Los Angeles. “A job is more than a paycheck, it is a sense of purpose,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. As part of the Mayor’s address, the Mayor challenged employers to get involved with the “Getting L.A. Back 2 Work” campaign, announcing the receipt of a $13.7 million National Emergency Grant through the Department of Labor aimed at training and hiring an additional 2,000 or more displaced L.A. workers.

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