Workforce Development Overview
For close to 40 years, PACE has successfully administered workforce programs in the Los Angeles area. PACE operates the Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center, your personal employment agency where services are always free.
The Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center offers integrated and comprehensive services for both job seekers and employers. We focus primarily on the needs of L.A. community residents, partnering with community-based organizations, City, County and State agencies, colleges and schools, unions, and employers of all sizes.
The WorkSource Center is funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), a federal law that provides funds to States for employment preparation and job training. The funding is administered through the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board and the Employment and Workforce Development Department.
Services for Businesses:
Posting job openings into CalJOBs, a Statewide search engine that is administered by the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD); information on Earned Income Tax Credits and Empowerment Zones; assistance with pre-screening potential employees and conducting on-site recruitments; provision of Labor Market Information; and advice and consultation to small businesses about microenterprise training.
Services for Job Seekers:
Our clients gain access to and participate in programs and training necessary to secure employment with a career path to self-sufficiency. Job seekers are offered career counseling, job placement assistance, resume workshops, job search assistance and training, as well as labor market information.
Job seekers can search for employment and create resumes and cover letters in our computer lab. We have several computers that are ready for job search. Resume wizards are available for easy access to resume templates, in addition to a variety of products designed to assist job seekers in finding employment and increasing basic skills to enhance their competitiveness for jobs. This includes keyboarding software and basic computer classes at no cost taught by trained counselors. We also have limited funding to assist individuals interested in pursuing occupational skills training in targeted high-demand careers. Finally, job seekers can access CalJobs, an EDD job search program that is up to date with current job leads.
Furthermore, our center offers assistive technology for persons with disabilities. We have a raised computer table to accommodate standard wheelchairs and a TTY line, with all public access areas having ADA accessibility. Our staff are certified in Legacy Disability Services by the City of Los Angeles, and full-time EDD staff are available to assist job seekers with questions and inquiries regarding re-entry into the workforce.