Last updated on October 28, 2020
By Diego Chavez-Cadena
Los Angeles, Calif. — As the workforce evolves amid the reopening of many businesses and a looming virus an even larger concern in the digitalization and growing labor gap, the Office of Economic Development and Workforce Education (OEDWE) at Los Angeles City College (LACC) is aiding local efforts to move students in the right direction for a spot in the new workforce.
It is estimated there are three million job openings in the United States where apprenticeships would make more sense. Including many in banking, healthcare, and technology.
“[Apprenticeships] are an incredible way to transition into your career and we hope to support that through additional education and skill-building,” OEDWE Apprenticeship Coordinator Alyshia Marcelleti said. “I’m really proud to be part of a team that’s working hard to create new opportunities for students.”
Employers can’t find employees with the skills they and there is a lot of educational institutions that graduate people without landing a job first, so there is a labor market mismatch.
To help close this skills gap, the Trump administration is expected to finalize a regulation soon that will create a new kind of apprenticeships ran by business schools, unions, and other trades groups instead of just the federal government.
At LACC, the new effort to traverse the workforce with a series of workshops hosted by LACC’s economic development & workforce education office for students in apprenticeship programs or looking to seek one and for employers looking to employ through such basis.
The new normal is breaking many norms for a new workforce. Take Facebook, for example, professor of Business Law J.D. Richard Lewis said employers are not limited by geographical parameters to employ outside of Silicon Valley.
Outsourcing of labor will make the less desirable tasks subject to outside contracting and the strategy all the more proprietary and applicable skills a must.
Learning the logistics of using technology and other company software is essential; however, just as important is the way students portray themselves on such platforms.
In this workshop, apprentices will learn how to do tasks themselves in an online work environment, set-up a functional workspace, stay productive under low to no supervision, and evaluate work to submit to employers.
The sessions will include leadership in the digital requirements for a different set of skills as opposed to a traditional work environment. Managers will also discuss how to effectively lead and manage employees in an online setting, to assist in progression and retention.
The initiative rolls out as the national outcry for unequal economic disparities are brought to light.