About the Business Engagement Program

The Business Engagement Program (BEP) is a new program to help fill your talent pipeline.

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photo by Kateryna Babaieva

BEP is for employers and businesses in the City of Los Angeles recruiting employees and willing to hire from vulnerable populations, such as veterans, formerly homeless, disadvantaged youth and others. Many potential job applicants have already received training for various entry or mid-level positions across key sectors like:

  • Biotech
  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Other trades

BEP is for employers who are ready and interested in hiring individuals who have traditionally had barriers to employment, including – but not limited to:

  • Veterans
  • Justice Involved
  • Disabled individuals
  • Dislocated workers
  • Formerly experiencing homelessness
  • Foster or opportunity youth
  • Older adults
  • Individuals with limited English-speaking skills

These are individuals who can help fill your talent pipeline.

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The LAEDC Business Assistance Team accelerates the process by working directly with our City of Los Angeles Program manager, who connects with local America’s Job Centers of California (AJCC) to identify potential candidates. The program provides worker hiring, worker training or upskilling resources, or other benefit programs, where available. Many potential applicants have received training and may already be qualified for specific positions. The employer makes the hiring decision.

LAEDC will work with business owners or hiring staff to provide additional answers and determine eligibility. Learn more about all the services our Business Assistance Program provides here: https://laedc.org/business-assistance/

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    • 44,640 jobseekers served through WorkSource programs in partnership with California EDD
    • 9,263 new participants into the WIOA Program
    • 2,328 adults and dislocated workers placed into employment
    • 18,081 youth placed into jobs through Hire LA’s youth program
    • 10,430 unduplicated individuals formerly experiencing homelessness placed into unsubsidized employment through its “Hired and Hopeful” initiative.