LADWP Board Approves Launch of First Source Hiring Program

New Program Seeks to Boost the Local Job Market by Linking Local Job Seekers and Employers

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners on Tuesday approved the implementation of a new program called First Source Hiring, a free job referral system designed to help local job seekers located in LADWP’s service area find employment with companies working on LADWP contracts. Administered by the LADWP Economic Development Group, the program will also benefit LADWP contractors by saving them the time and resources needed to find suitable candidates to hire.

Through a fully automated web-based job portal, job seekers can review job postings and complete online applications. Similarly, employers will be able to track applicants, prescreen, rank and sort candidates.

LADWP’s program expects to build on the success First Source has already had at other City Departments, including Los Angeles World Airports. The program will have a two-step implementation process beginning with a 12-month pilot program. During the pilot phase, it will only be open to LADWP contracts for professional services consisting of $500,000 or more in direct labor costs.

First Source Hiring replaces the former Job Opportunities Training Program, which focused solely on providing job skill training to unemployed or underemployed persons within LADWP’s service area. First Source is a more cost-effective workforce development program because it increases job seekers’ chances of finding full-time employment by directly linking them to existing employment opportunities.

For more information on First Source and participation requirements, prospective employers and job seekers should contact the LADWP Economic Development Group at 1-800-864-4409 or email

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