Playa Vista Job Opportunities and Business Services (PVJOBS) brought together over 500 labor, business and community leaders to honor top workers and supporters at its annual Recognition Luncheon at the Cathedral Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. This year was titled “Building New Careers & New Lives.” PVJOBS is a non-profit corporation created in 1998 to fulfill a Los Angeles City Council mandate: provide construction employment opportunities for at-risk local residents at the Playa Vista development site. Today, as a result of their advocacy, PVJOBS works with several major construction projects.[pullquote_right]”It’s about empowering individuals, strengthening families, and building communities,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.[/pullquote_right]Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas received a special recognition as a “Visionary of the Year” at the luncheon. Kevin Sherrod was honored as “Intern of the Year”, Nathan Covington, as “Employee of the Year” for his work on the new Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, Jennie Garcia as “Employee of the Year”, and Hathaway Dinwiddie was honored as “Contractor of the Year.”
There are currently more than 100 community-based organizations providing life skills training to hard-to-serve individuals and referring them to PVJOBS for employment. Together with collaborators, PVJOBS provides an array of supportive services to enable client success. All referrals to PVJOBS are maintained in a database. As employment opportunities become available, PVJOBS queries the database and makes referrals to employers.
Since most of the employment opportunities are construction and trade union affiliated, candidates are prepared for a union entry along with the cost of special tools and clothing barrier to employment. PVJOBS makes supportive services available to cover these costs for clients.
PVJOBS is committed to supplying a minimum of 3000 hours work to each candidate. This is accomplished by re-referral to similar trade work upon contract completion and subsequent lay off. To date, PV JOBS has filled over 3,500 construction positions with more than 1000 contractors and a success rate of 89.5%.
For more information about PVJOBS, please visit pvjobs.org.