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Workforce Development Board
As mandated by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998,the Oakland Workforce Investment Board (WIB) oversees the federally-funded employment and training programs and services in Oakland. These programs and services help job seekers gain employment and connect businesses with a qualified workforce.
The Mayor appoints the board positions on the Oakland WIB. A majority of these positions are reserved for business-sector leaders. The Oakland WIB currently has 40 members. Generally speaking, the Mayor and the WIB share equal authority according to the federal legislation. The Oakland City Council authorizes the City Administrator to appropriate funding and enter into contracts with service providers.
To assist the Oakland Workforce Investment Board, employers, workers and job-seekers in a transparent, accountable and competitive development and issuance process for Request For Proposals in Fall 2015, Opportunity Partners provided community engagement services in partnership with the Insight for Community Economic Development. To view the full report, click here.
Click here to view the presentation on Economic Development Initiatives from the WIB meeting on September 25, 2014
Each year the WIB collaborates with our program partners and the Office of the Mayor to coordinate summer youth programs. This year WIB launches Classrooms2Careers program which will help hundreds of youth to learn valuable job search skills, while securing summer employment and internships at local businesses for hundreds of our program participants. All youth who enter the program participate in pre-employment workshops to prepare them for success on the job. Many youth who have participated in previous years have been offered continued employment with satisfied companies. Please see the Classrooms2Careers web page on this site for more information.
Adult Employment Services
WIB's network of One-Stop Career Centers can help you find a job. Whether you were recently laid off or are re-entering the workforce after raising a family, the centers help you improve your qualifications and bring you together with employers who will benefit from your skills.
Each center provides the entry point to free employment services that will prepare you for and connect you to many great jobs and careers. Click Here for more information on our One-Stop Career Center, job fairs, and other resources for adult job seekers.
Access the redesigned CalJOBS system. An online resource to help job seekers and employers navigate California's workforce services by providing employment and labor market information for the State of California. The enhanced system allows users to easily search for jobs, build resumes, access career resources, find qualified candidates for employment and gather information on education and training programs.
Complete the online application and create your won login information, including a username an password. You will need your Social Security Number to create a login. Answer the on-screen questions, and begin your job search. Within minutes you will be looking through thousands of job opening statewide.
West Oakland Job Resource Center
The WOJRC is a resource center for those interested in the construction work. Please click here to learn more about how you can get a career in construction or building trades through the West Oakland Job Resource Center.
Services for Youth
The WIB funds and supports a variety of programs that provide employment and educational training and support to Oakland youth ages 14 to 21. These programs are designed to help youth prepare for the world of work by gaining valuable skills, experience and confidence, while becoming empowered in their pursuit of career, academic and personal goals. Please see the WIB Youth Services page for more information.