Our Upcoming Events
Abbreviated RFP Summaries
Workforce Development Board
As mandated by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), on March 31, 2016, by Executive Order, and as Chief Local Elected Official of the Local Area Designation (the City of Oakland), Mayor Libby Schaaf disbanded the former Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and established the new Workforce Development Board (WDB). The Oakland WDB 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 WDB. A majority of these positions are reserved for business-sector leaders. The Oakland WDB currently has 27 members. Generally speaking, the Mayor and the WDB 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
Funding Opportunities - RFPs Released
Upcoming Trainings Available to Workforce Programs
FREE LARRY ROBBIN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
FOR OAKLAND WORKFORCE PROGRAMS
The City of Oakland Economic and Workforce Development Department is sponsoring three upcoming trainings for staff and management of workforce programs based in Oakland. The trainings are appropriate for all types of workforce programs. These trainings are free, but you must pre-register in order to attend at www.oaklandwibtraining.eventbrite.com. These trainings may be full and at the door admittance may not be possible so it's best to register ASAP. To register for the workshop or for questions email, Tamara Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the title of the workshop, your name, job title, organization and your email address Remember these trainings are only for the staff and management of workforce programs in Oakland.
The trainings will be presented by Larry Robbin, Executive Director of Robbin and Associates. Larry has over forty-five years of national experience in workforce development and he is widely regarded as an expert in the filed. He has trained over 100,000 people, presented at 500 conferences and worked with over 1000 organizations. He has done more training and consulting for California workforce programs than any other individual. Larry is a workforce development technical assistance provider for the City of Oakland. For more information about Larry and his services go to www.LarryRobbin.com.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
1111 Broadway, 7th Floor
9am - 4pm
HOW TO HELP PEOPLE FROM JOB INTERVIEW TO JOB OFFER! NEW WAYS TO IMPROVE INTERVIEWING SKILLS
The hiring agendas of employers have changed, but most workforce organizations are still teaching traditional approaches to interviewing that do not meet the new hiring criteria. If you want to help your job seekers turn interviews into job offers, make sure to attend this training! Find out why mock interviews do not really prepare people for real interviews. You will get a much more effective way to teach interviewing skills. Discover why interview question lists are not effective. Learn the hidden hiring agendas of employers so your candidates can hit the hiring mark in the bull's eye. The session is packed with new ideas for helping your job seekers deal with questions related to their barriers to employment. Get the actual interview evaluation forms that employers use so you can show people the areas that count in the interview. Review the checklist of the most common mistakes people make in interviews so your program participants can avoid them. This workshop will transform your approach to teaching interviewing into a method that appeals to the employer mind set and will take people form interviews to job offers!
Monday, June 6, 2016
James Irvine Foundation Conference Center
353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
9am - 4pm
COOPERATION, COORDINATION AND COLLABORATION! WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE AND HOW TO MAKE THE WORK BETTER!
Workforce development program need partnerships in order to achieve their goals. While partnerships are critical to the success of your program, we rarely discuss what makes them work. How do you decide what type of partnerships you need? Why is collaboration not always the best option? What are the strengths and weaknesses of different ways of working together? Why do people call so may partnerships collaboration when very few of them live up to the definition? What makes some organizations great partners while others often inadvertently weaken collective efforts?
The innovative workshop for staff and management that have any role in working with other partners and want to do it better. Find out the best way to start partnerships so you avoid problems in the future. Be prepared to conduct a candid assessment of your organization's and your partnership capacity. Learn the early working signs of deteriorating partnerships and find out how to bring people back together. Leave this session with a completely new level of understanding of partnership building strategies and best practices. If you want to take your partnerships to the next level of excellence, do not miss this unique workshop!
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.