Workforce Development

LADWP recognizes the importance of a strong workforce to continue the work to build a stronger Los Angeles. As a jobs creator and employer, LADWP maintains a workforce of 11,000 and promotes economic development in the region by providing secure, well-paying jobs. LADWP is also committed to creating paths to secure employment especially for members of underserved communities, promoting STEM education that may lead to future employment at LADWP, while also investing in the leaders of the future.

Utility Pre-Craft Training Program

Starting in 2011, the UPCT Program is a joint effort between IBEW Local 18 and LADWP, working together with community-based organizations, to provide permanent civil service jobs for people living in low-income and underserved communities of Los Angeles.

The UPCT is designed as a feeder class that will train skilled workers in a variety of crafts jobs at LADWP, including steam plant assistant, electrical mechanic, electrical distribution mechanic, electrical craft helper, maintenance and construction helper, water utility worker, and other civil service positions. The goal is to provide a career path for new employees to fill critical job classes, but the program has also served as a conduit to a variety of permanent civil service jobs. Since its inception, LADWP has hired 372 UPCTs from 14 cohorts. Of those, 207 have promoted into permanent civil service positions in critical and non-critical job classes. Read about a UPCT success story with this story of LADWP's "First Lady" of Utility Pre-Craft Trainees. 

A recent study led by Professor Virginia Parks, Ph.D. and published by UC Irvine’s Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy shows how the UPCT program provides an opportunity for interested workers to receive skilled craft training, counseling and job experience that can lead to stable, good-paying careers in the utility industry. Read an article about the study.

Access to Training and Education

Through LADWP's partnership with LA Trade Technical College (LATTC) and IBEW Local 18, aspiring utility workers can take the Introduction to Electricity class at LATTC to help meet minimum requirements to apply for several positions at LADWP.

Investing in the
Leaders of the Future

The board members support LADWP's many efforts to invest in today's L.A.'s youth through community partnerships, education outreach and internship programs.

Education Outreach

Education is an essential component of economic development for the city. Participating and assisting in the education of the children in the city and communities we serve helps secure a knowledgeable base of residential and business customers that understand and appreciate water, energy, and environmental issues. Involvement in education also ensures the development of a skilled, productive, and competitive workforce that benefits not only the LADWP, but also the city as a whole. 

Partnerships with the Academic Community

By supporting and partnering with local schools and academic organizations, LADWP's leaders and employees help inspire L.A.'s youth to consider STEM and utility careers, stay civically engaged, and be meaningful contributors to society.

Watch Board President McClain-Hill's interview with Ashley Jung of the Girls Academic Leadership Academy.