Workforce Development

Workforce Development connects job seekers in San Francisco, who are unemployed, under-employed or have barriers to employment, with employment opportunities in growing industries.

What We Do

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) provides training and resources and secures long-term opportunities to serve the workforce community across various sectors that are aligned with industry growth and demands. Through job training programs, job seeker services, employer services and youth services, OEWD works collaboratively with our community partners to ensure that San Francisco has a qualified workforce that attracts, retains and expands industries, while enhancing the quality of life in the City.

Since 2010, the City’s workforce system has undergone transformation and change. In 2008, the City and entire nation plunged into the great recession. OEWD rose to the challenge and secured funding through millions in grants so that San Franciscans could return to work. Furthermore, OEWD programs have been refined and expanded to ensure our most underserved communities have access and job training opportunities needed to gain employment and excel in positions thereafter.

OEWD is committed to working with community based organizations, employers, partners and other stakeholders to identify opportunities for continuous improvement by better supporting businesses with recruitment practices and programs for job training readiness, placement, advancement and other job assistance for both adults and youth.

San Francisco’s continued investment in workforce development programs allows all San Franciscans to share in the City’s prosperity by ensuring that local residents are well trained and well qualified for in-demand jobs with the greatest opportunity for growth. The City invests in job-driven training programs in key sectors such as construction, health care, hospitality, and technology.

These sector-driven academies combine vocational training in growing fields with supportive services, job placement and post-placement support. Each academy’s curriculum is developed in concert with industry partners to ensure that training is aligned to meet today’s job needs and that program graduates are ready to work immediately. In addition to job training programs, the City invests in community-based Access Points to provide local residents with a seamless array of workforce services designed to assist job seekers with attaining   employment opportunities that will ultimately lead to self-sufficiency.

Workforce by the Numbers

Data for People Served from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016

total people served by Workforce Development Division

People served represents the number of participants enrolled in a myriad of workforce services that will ultimately lead to self sufficiency.

Participants Served by Race & Ethnicity

African American (2,500)

Asian/Pacific Islander (1,422)

Latino (1,296)

White (855)

Other (550)

Participants Served by Age

Under 25 (1,383)

25-39 (2,288)

40-59 (2,456)

60 and Up (337)

Unknown (159)

Participants Served by Gender

Female (2,521)

non-construction (2,198)
construction (323)

Male (3,996)

non-construction (2,225)
construction (1,771)

Transgender (31)

non-construction (30)
construction (1)

Unknown (75)

non-construction (0)
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Employers hired workforce clients
participants served in construction sector
participants enrolled in Health Care sector
participants enrolled in Hospitality sector
participants enrolled in Technology sector
young adult participants enrolled

Business Services

Photo: Business Services outreach

A San Francisco for workers and employers

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s (OEWD) no-cost Business Services support the long term prosperity of both workers and employers in San Francisco. to attract, grow and retain a diverse workforce.

Business Services include:

Photo: Rhea Victor, Food & Beverage Supervisor of Courtyard by Marriott San Francisco Union Square, Antonio Di Marco, Assistant General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott San Francisco Union Square, Sherrie Carreno, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott San Francisco Union Square, May Ng, Business Services Specialist of Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Caroline Sou, Career Advisor of Chinatown Neighborhood Access Point, Lydia Ma, Career Advisor of Chinatown Neighborhood Access Point, and Stephen Cheng, Facilities Manager of Chinatown Neighborhood Access Point.


More than Just Recruitment Assistance

Following the renovation of its historic building in San Francisco’s downtown, the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel opened in Union Square in late 2015. As the hotel prepared to open their doors, the Courtyard by Marriott utilized OEWD’s staffing services to help fill entry level positions. To meet their demand for talent, OEWD’s Business Services Unit partnered with its own Hospitality Initiative program to conduct outreach and recruitment, as well as the coordination of a hiring event in Chinatown in August 2015. Thanks to outreach, recruitment and the success of the hiring event, Courtyard by Marriott hired fourteen Housekeepers and Day Porters. Nearly one year later, over 90% of those employed have been retained in their positions.

“We are very happy with our team and appreciate all of your help in finding them…[OEWD staff] May and everyone we worked with were professional and extremely responsive to our requests and needs. We couldn’t be more pleased with the service and with the quality of associates we have hired. Thank you May and the entire team!”

Sherrie Carreno
Courtyard by Marriott General Manager

By the Numbers

Business Services assistance provided

Fiscal Year 2015-2016
employers served
participants placed in jobs

*These numbers are also reflected in the overall non-construction placements total.

Access Points

Designed to assist job seekers

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) supports fifteen Neighborhood Access Points (NAPs) throughout the City and County of San Francisco that provide a seamless array of workforce services designed to assist job seekers in finding employment. NAPs provide services including career planning, job search assistance, interview preparation, training workshops, unemployment information, access to computers, and supportive services such as assistance with childcare and transportation. Providing more extensive services, the Comprehensive Access Point serves as a centralized entry point and resource referral services for the workforce system. Specialized Neighborhood Access Points (SNAPs) offer workforce services for immigrants, veterans, lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community, and those with HIV/AIDS, mental health disabilities, hearing and communication challenges, and more.


More than Just Job Placement

EnriqueFunded by OEWD, The Western Addition Neighborhood Access Point provides job seekers with career planning assistance and job placement services. Their Employment Training Specialists are available to assist job seekers with their career exploration and planning by offering various assessment tools.

Enrique had recently been paroled and heard about the services offered at the Western Addition Neighborhood Access Point from others that had worked with staff at the center. Enrique had no I-9 documentation and had no work clothes. The Employment Training Specialist assisted him with obtaining a copy of his birth certificate and a California ID card. Additionally, his Employment Specialist guided him in resume building and brushing up his interview skills. The center’s job developer team worked with the Golden Gate Restaurant Association to connect him with employment in the food services industry. After successful interviews, and through the support of the Western Addition Neighborhood Access Point, Enrique is now employed and is working for the Waterfront and Dabba restaurants.

By the Numbers

15 Job Centers Placing Residents in Jobs

Fiscal Year 2015-2016
participants placed in jobs

CityBuild Academy

Pre-apprenticeship and construction administration training

Groundbreaking program to build construction skills

CityBuild Academy (CBA) works to meet the demands of the construction industry by providing comprehensive pre-apprenticeship and construction administration training to San Francisco residents. CityBuild began in 2006 as an effort to coordinate City-wide construction training and employment programs and is administered by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), in partnership with City College of San Francisco, various community non-profit organizations, labor unions, Apprenticeship programs and industry employers. San Francisco residents can also take advantage of CityBuild’s Employment Networking Services for job referrals to open construction positions on active projects throughout the City and region.

CityBuild offers construction industry training through multiple tracks:

  • Pre-Apprenticeship training
  • Construction administration training
  • Employment networking services

San Francisco Local Hiring Policy for Construction

When the Local Hiring Policy for Construction was first introduced in 2011, San Francisco was confronting a global financial crisis and high unemployment rates. The Local Hire Policy promotes the utilization of resident hiring on locally sponsored construction projects, putting San Franciscans to work and reigniting investments into the City’s local economy. The local hiring requirement is currently 30% overall and 50% for hours worked by apprentices.

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is charged with administering this Policy and is responsible for providing a Local Hiring Annual Report to highlight trade performance data, identify workforce demographics and address priorities for the coming year.

Since its introduction in 2011, 364 construction projects covered by the Local Hiring Policy have been awarded and managed by six City departments. During that time period:

  • A total of 6,229,126 hours have been worked on projects subject to the Local Hiring Policy
  • 79 projects have been subject to the 20% hiring requirement and have reported an overall local hiring performance of 33%
  • 84 projects have been subject to the 25% hiring requirements and have reported an overall local hiring performance of 34%
  • 201 projects have been subject to the 30% requirement and have reported an overall local hiring performance of 45%
  • Overall, apprentice participation continues to exceed the 50% requirement with an average performance of 58%
Local Hire for Construction Report


Rebuilding Lives

Christine Alpert, CityBuild Academy Cycle 8 worked as both a Laborer and Carpenter following her graduation of the Academy. She worked for several years as successful tradeswoman, before encountering family hardships which temporarily prevented her from working. With the support of her assigned Retention Case Managers at Charity Cultural Services Center and Anders and Anders Foundation, and with coordination from OEWD and other community partners, Christine was provided with the tools necessary to obtain a new position with Boldt as a Project Coordinator working on the California Pacific Medical Center Van Ness project. Christine was provided with coaching, interview preparation, and a professional wardrobe for her interview. With the help of the CityBuild network, Christine was able to utilize her construction training and experience in a new capacity and move into a new phase in her career—one that works for her lifestyle and family.

Marcus Conley, CityBuild Academy Cycle 22, struggled with outstanding barriers associated with his driver’s license, preventing him from being indentured into many local construction trade unions. Through a collaborative effort between OEWD and several community based organizations, including the A. Philip Randolph Institute and Young Community Developers, Marcus was provided with the funding needed to remove this barrier. Marcus demonstrated a level of personal and professional growth, committing to resolve his issues and complete the Academy’s 18-week training program. With a valid California Driver License, Marcus was indentured as a Drywall/Latherer with Local 68L and is currently working with California Drywall.

By the Numbers

Residents Placed in Construction Jobs

Fiscal Year 2015-2016
participants placed in Construction jobs

Disability Employment Initiative

Connecting ability to opportunity

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) provides funding and program oversight of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). OEWD funds nonprofit provider Toolworks to prepare individuals for competitive jobs and create career pathways.

DEI provides education, training, and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security Disability benefits.

Services Include:

  • On-the-job training opportunities
  • Job readiness and training workshops
  • Job search and placement assistance
  • Benefits counseling
  • Case management
  • Food handling certification
  • Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program


Each Person and Job is Unique

In December 2015, Jose started working with a job developer at Toolworks. Battling with homelessness and substance abuse problems, Jose began receiving services from Toolworks’ Aging and Adult Disability Resource Center (ADRC). He was referred to substance abuse centers to start his recovery and in less than a month, Jose was offered a part-time job with Toolworks as a recycling sorter, earning $12.25 an hour. Toolworks provided Jose with job coaching services and support in time management, communication skills, and work ethic. Jose was later promoted and is currently working as a full time lead sorter, earning $14.00 an hour and full medical coverage. With the help of Toolwork’s ADRC, he has also obtained permanent housing and remains drug free.

“Jose is a good employee and if his hard work ethic continues we will promote him to a Job Coach position at $16 an hour when an opportunity becomes available.”

Mark Melanson
Recyclability Director, Toolworks

By the Numbers

Residents with Disabilities Placed in Jobs

Fiscal Year 2015-2016
participants placed in jobs

HealthCare Academy

Building skills to transform lives

In partnership with industry, education and community partners, the HealthCare Academy is designed to improve the responsiveness of the workforce system to meet the demands of the growing industry. Through a dual customer approach, the Academy provides employers with skilled workers while expanding employment opportunities for local residents.

The Academy provides contextualized training in the following sub-sectors: Personal Care Giver, Home Health Aide, Certified Nurse Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, and Medical Assistant, as well as employment services for participants with prior work experience in the Health Care industry. The HealthCare Academy serves nearly 400 participants a year. Support services are integrated into programming to assure a seamless transition into employment. These services include: Vocational English as a Second Language program, tutoring, career counseling, case management, job readiness training, General Educational Development (GED) assistance, job placement assistance, retention services and other support services.

The HealthCare Academy offers opportunities for entry-level and mid-skilled employment, with a wide range of occupations:

  • Entry-level and mid-level clinical careers (Personal Care Giver, Home Health Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Medical Assistant, Health Worker)
  • Health administration careers (Medical Administrative Assistant, Patient Access Rep)


Determination and Tenacity

“Life was difficult for me and my boys for a while, but JVS gave me what I needed to lift myself up and find work. My work is much more than a job—it’s my lifeline.”

Until the recession hit, Patricia Snoddy had a solid job. The San Francisco native and mother of three witnessed her office shut down piece by piece when operations—and her job—moved overseas. As a Navy veteran with over 25 years of work experience, Patricia was not worried about finding new employment, but three years passed and she continued to remain without a job.

Determined and motivated, Patricia enrolled in the Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s HealthCare Academy to find a new beginning. Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) provided a strong support system to Patricia as her job coach, advocate and connector. JVS facilitates key training and employment services for participants interested in joining the Health Care industry’s workforce.

After attending an orientation, Patricia applied and participated in a four month long paid internship as an Administrative Assistant at University of California, San Francisco where she not only learned new skills, but built confidence and impressed her colleagues.

A self-professed “slow and steady” learner, Patricia reinvented herself with strong determination and tenacity. Today, she is a proud Administrative Assistant III at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

By the Numbers

Residents Placed in Health Care Jobs

Fiscal Year 2015-2016
participants placed in Health Care jobs

Hospitality Initiative

Economic self-sufficiency through training

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) has partnered with local hospitality industry employers, industry associations, unions and workforce education, training and service providers to coordinate the Hospitality Initiative, a sector program, which prepares participants for entry-level employment opportunities in guest services, food services, facilities and building maintenance and security. Job seekers are hired into diverse employment environments at hotels, restaurants, airports, cruise lines, events and conventions. Through OEWD funding, the Hospitality Initiative serves over 800 participants a year, providing them with the essential training and employment resources to enter or advance in the Hospitality Industry.

The Hospitality Initiative offers opportunities for entry-level employment, with a wide range of occupations:

  • Food Server and Runner
  • Guest and Lobby Services
  • Hotel Desk Clerk
  • Prep Cook/Cook
  • Security Guard
  • Janitorial/Maintenance Worker
Hospitality Initiative participants

Chinese Cooking Training Class at Charity Cultural Services Center (CCSC) facilitates trainings in Chinese Cooking, Western Cooking, Bartending/Table Waiting


Employment Training Ignites Opportunities

One of the many community based organizations the Hospitality Initiative partners with, Charity Cultural Services Center (CCSC), facilitates trainings in Chinese Cooking, Western Cooking, Bartending/Table Waiting for low-income and recent immigrants interested in starting a career path in the culinary field.

Feeling unappreciated, underpaid, and unsatisfied with his previous work experience, Kwok Lou Lo worked as a kitchen helper in a small restaurant, which unfortunately went out of business and he found himself without a job. At the age of 60, he felt hopeless and desired a more substantial career path. He attended an orientation for OEWD’s Hospitality Initiative and decided to apply for the Chinese Cooking Training Class with CCSC.

Throughout the training, Kwok Lou formed a support system with other students and gained the necessary skills to be successful in the kitchen. More importantly, he regained his confidence and self-esteem to prepare him for the culinary workforce. Upon successful completion of the program and assistance from CCSC staff, Kwok Lou was hired as a Kitchen Helper at Whole Foods Market’s Sushi Counter where he receives full benefits.

The Success Center SF partnered with San Francisco City College’s Culinary Arts & Hospitality Studies department, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, restaurant 1300 on Fillmore, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Real Hands-on Experience at a Restaurant

The District 5 Hospitality Boot Camp is a collaborative effort between the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), City College of San Francisco, The Western Addition Neighborhood Access Point, Golden Gate Restaurant Association and 1300 Fillmore Restaurant with funding supported by Board of Supervisors’ President London Breed. Through this two-week hospitality training program, students gain front-of-house fundamental food services skills needed to obtain employment in the sector and were employed with restaurant partners including: Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Michael Mina, Nopalito, Stinking Rose and Black Bark.

By the Numbers

Residents Placed in Hospitality Jobs

Fiscal Year 2015-2016
participants placed in Hospitality jobs

Reentry Program Navigator

Assistance to individuals with a criminal background

Second chance opportunities offer path to self-sufficiency

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) provides funding and support to the Reentry Navigator. The Reentry Navigator is a resource for individuals with criminal backgrounds and provides one on one support and job search assistance.

The Reentry Navigator program is led by Goodwill Industries with orientations throughout the Access Points.

Orientations include information on the following topics:

  • Job search with a criminal record
  • Interviewing and disclosure with a criminal background
  • Bonding information
  • Information regarding legal and other re-entry related resources


Productive opportunities in life

Chris Blazer came to Goodwill in 2011, just out of jail and motivated by the advice of his parole officer to secure steady employment after periods of incarceration between the ages 18 and 20. “I was gang banging and hustling,” recalls Chris. “I had my daughter when I was 19 and would do anything for a buck.” Just two weeks before his graduation from Archbishop Riordon High School, Chris was arrested on Prom Night and dropped out of school. “I feel bad about it,” he shares. “Ultimately, I got my GED, but my grandmother had worked hard to pay for school, and I wasted that. In the past, I didn’t take advantage of the opportunities that came my way,”

After learning basic job readiness skills in Goodwill’s warehouse, Chris quickly moved into retail positions in Goodwill’s Fillmore and Geary stores. A stand-out employee, Chris challenged himself to pursue and test for a newly developed Technical Support Specialist position in Goodwill’s IT department. “There was no guarantee,” recalls Chris. “I didn’t go to school for computers but I took the chance because I saw the opportunity.” Having impressed the IT team, Chris, with six months on the job, maintains email user accounts, fix retail cash register issues, manage the phone system and install and upgrade hardware. “I love every minute of it,” says Chris. “When people have a tech problem, I can remedy that. I feel like my job is important.” “Chris has come a long way in a short amount of time, and has done an outstanding job since joining the IT team,” said Bhawin Mistry, Goodwill’s Director of Information Technology. “He’s a quick study and has the potential for a bright future in IT.”

Today, Chris lives with his grandmother while trying to secure an apartment for his family. “She’s proud to tell the family that I’m working with computers,” he says of his Grandmother. “She tells me I can go as far as I can push myself. My life is more family oriented now that I have a job at Goodwill,” says Chris. “Steady employment gives me stability and allows me to make different choices. With two kids, I can’t afford to be taken out of the equation.” Chris gives credit to discipline and good work habits for his new career path, “Whatever you did to get work ready, you have to stick with that,” he advises. “You’ve got to stay wanting it.”

JW was incarcerated for 9 years with drug related charges and had little work history or education. Upon release, he entered a drug treatment program where he was connected with Toolworks. Two weeks after his reentry into society, JW was already working hard to adjust to “normal” life and living clean and sober. JW graduated from the Janitorial Training Program and learned many valuable skills along the way. After graduating, he was hired in a construction position, earning $25.00 an hour. After several weeks on the job, JW returned to Toolworks with gratitude: “Thank you so much for what you have done for me. My life has changed.”

By the Numbers

Residents Placed in Jobs

Fiscal Year 2015-2016
participants placed in jobs


Training programs for technology industry careers

Advanced tech training for unemployed and underemployed professionals

TechSF helps unemployed and underemployed residents in the Bay Area get get ahead in the technology industry. TechSF offers participants fully subsidized workshops and individual coaching sessions covering resume building and job search skills, as well as advanced tech training and connections to employers.

TechSF is offered in partnership with Academy X, Bay Area Video Coalition, Bayview Hunters Point Center for the Arts & Technology, City College of San Francisco, General Assembly, Mission Economic Development Agency, San Francisco State University, Treehouse Island, Udacity, Upwardly Global, and Year Up Bay Area.

TechSF offers opportunities for advancement:

  • Internships and job placement assistance
  • Assistance with portfolio development
  • Resume, interviewing, and other job search workshops
  • Access to employer networks
  • Intro to skills in HTML, Adobe Suite, and tech support
  • Bootcamps and industry-recognized credentials
  • Courses in advanced skills in Front End/Back End Web Dev, JavaScript, Python, Django, Digital Marketing, Digital Content Creation, Experiential Design, Motion Graphics, and PMP Exam Prep


Traction in the Tech industry

Ceddrick JonaeAfter suffering a work-related injury while on location for a digital media project over eight years ago, Ceddrick Jonae from San Francisco had been jobless for close to seven years. Ceddrick discovered the Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s (OEWD) TechSF Program through Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) and was accepted into the 2013 Desk Support track.

With the A+ Certification that he earned, Ceddrick immediately found work as a lab technician at a prestigious art institution,  while simultaneously interning at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. He is now a Post-production Engineer at Apple in Cupertino.

Jethro PatalinghugJethro Patalinghug immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines when he was 34 years old, leaving behind a career as a T.V. producer. After finding out about the TechSF Program and attending an orientation, Jethro enrolled in TechSF’s Motion Graphics Certificate track at the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), where he immersed himself in learning new skills. He created a community of support and connection. During the learning process, Jethro also completed an award-winning documentary film about his political activist mother. Today, Jethro is a full-time video producer at Google through Adecco, and is working on two new documentary films.

Kayla LaCourKayla LaCour, found a true passion for cinematography and visual art at Bayview-Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT). In partnership with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, BAYCAT helped Kayla connect with an opportunity at Wired, and she will soon begin her new position as a full-time Multimedia Content Producer. “I feel so ready for this transition. With what I’ve learned I have been able to grow my experience in journalism and photography to storytelling in an even more visual way with film. This new job is perfect for the blend of skills I had, and the ones BAYCAT taught me.”

By the Numbers

Residents Placed in Technology Jobs

Fiscal Year 2015-2016
participants placed in Technology jobs


Employment after military service

Nonprofit veteran service organization Swords to Plowshares provides wrap-around services to more than 3,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year. Swords to Plowshares is committed to helping veterans break through the cultural, educational, psychological and economic barriers they often face in their transition to the civilian world. Working closely with OEWD, Swords to Plowshares operates the Veterans Neighborhood Access Point and offers employment events such as career fairs, employment spotlights and hiring events. Swords to Plowshares focuses on matching job opportunities that lead to careers built upon each veteran’s skills, education and experience.

Swords to Plowshares is a national model for veteran services and advocacy. With nearly 40 years of experience, they have established the most respected and comprehensive model of care for veterans in the country, with core services that include:

  • Employment and Training
  • Health and Social Services
  • Supportive Housing
  • Legal Assistance

By the Numbers

Veterans Served and Placed in Jobs

Fiscal Year 2015-2016
Veterans placed in jobs

*Over 73% of the San Francisco veterans seeking services have been placed so far into employment in various industries making an average wage of $16.87 per hour. In partnership with PG&E, Swords veteran PG&E NACE – Gas Pipeline certification completed its third cohort training and all 19  are currently  for working PG&E and earning $51 – $52 an hour.  The top industries include: administrative support, construction, government, social services, transportation and warehousing.  By building relationships with employers across various sectors, job seekers are provided with a stronger chance of finding a job that will be a match and keep them on the path toward individual success.

Young Adults

Path towards employment and independence

OEWD builds partnerships across education and workforce systems to re-engage disconnected young adults aged 17-24 years old in education and work. Participants receive industry specific training in information technology, retail, and security, along with job search assistance, job preparation workshops, and internship opportunities with local businesses.


Program Profile: Reconnecting All through Multiple Pathways (RAMP)

The San Francisco Conservation Corps (SFCC) is a non-profit job readiness, High School Diploma, and Career Development program serving young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 who work within crews to address community needs through service and conservation-related work. OEWD partners with SFCC in providing the Reconnecting All through Multiple Pathways (RAMP) program, a San Francisco Young Adult WorkLink Access Point. SFCC job readiness opportunities for young adults include, landscaping and open space restoration, recycling of beverage containers, electronic waste, dumping tires and used oil, and Zero Waste services for special events across San Francisco. Concurrently and in partnership with the John Muir Charter School, the young adults focus on attaining their High School Diploma or participate in the Corps-to-Career higher education program.

Ulysses, RAMP Participant, SFCC Pre-Apprentice Graduate, Laborers Local 261 ApprenticeUlysses is a RAMP Participant, SFCC Pre-Apprentice Graduate, and Laborers’ Apprentice. Ulysses successfully obtained a clear and valid California Driver’s license which allowed him to meet the eligibility requirements to be an apprentice in the Laborers Union Local 261. Within a week of becoming a Laborers Apprentice, Ulysses was dispatched to a 2-year contract in San Francisco working at a SFMTA/MUNI property on Indiana Street and Cesar Chavez.

“Today was absolutely awesome! I’m on a 2 year contract and am really excited to what my future will be…I would like to thank you and the rest of the staff for putting up with me and helping me get back on my feet. This truly means a lot to me. Thank you!”– Ulysses

James, RAMP Participant, SFCC High School Graduate & Julia, SFCC/John Muir Charter School Teacher A primary component of the RAMP program is assisting students in attaining their GED or High School Diploma, At a recent SFCC Community Meeting where James was presented with his diploma he stared speechless at it for quite some time before saying, “I never thought I would see this day. I thought I would be dead or locked up – I never thought I would be able to finish High School. I am the first person in my family to get a Diploma.”
– James, RAMP Participant, SFCC High School Graduate & Julia, SFCC/John Muir Charter School Teacher

Program Profile: Sector Bridge

Designed to provide young adults with training and resources, OEWD’s Sector Bridge Programs allow our City’s young adult population to immerse themselves in the industry of their interest. OEWD partners with community organizations to provide entryways into sectors including information technology, hospitality, retail, and security.

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) is a community based organization located in San Francisco’s Mission District. Since 1973, MEDA has worked to improve economic and social conditions for San Francisco’s low- and moderate-income residents, with primarily Latino families as their target population and client base. In partnership with OEWD, MEDA offers programming that encourages our City’s youth to be empowered and involved in industries, such as tech.

Mission TechiesThrough MEDA’s Mission Techies program, local youth Jorge Ortiz found an opportunity to be a part of the booming tech world in San Francisco. “Coming from a low-income community, I was never really exposed to [the tech industry]. I thought I wasn’t meant for school, plus I was working 40 hours per week. I thought you had to be a mathematician to do coding.” Today, Jorge is teaching HTML to other youth and continues his education in technology.

By the Numbers

SF Young Adults Placed in Jobs

Fiscal Year 2015-2016
Young Adults placed in jobs

Mayor’s Youth Jobs+

Empowering Youth with Jobs

Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ is a city-wide initiative put forth to help young adults ages 16-24, especially those with low-incomes or who are not engaged in employment or education, find meaningful work experiences to help them gain practical knowledge while developing skills essential to succeeding in today’s economy. More than 150 private sector employers (including companies like Starbucks, Target, FibroGen, LinkedIn, and Salesforce) along with over 60 nonprofits such as Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC), Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), and Young Community Developers (YCD), joined over 50 City agencies to provide San Francisco youth with exciting opportunities. These opportunities offered valuable work experiences in general office work, arts, computer science, retail, banking, engineering, landscaping, and dozens of other fields. The Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ Initiative has evolved from the Summer Jobs+ Initiative launched 5 years ago to a year round endeavor.

In 2015, nearly 8,000 work opportunities were provided. In total, more than 26,000 youth have been connected to work opportunities.


“My experience as a Salesforce summer intern is one that I will certainly never forget—gaining job experience, networking and being exposed to one of the most innovative companies in the world has been an amazing journey for me.”
– Sydney Thomas, Salesforce intern

By the Numbers

Youth Job Placement Outcomes

Fiscal Year 2015-2016
Youth placed in jobs
Youth placed in public sector jobs
Youth placed in private sector jobs

Complete Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ reports:

The Workforce Development Division coordinates the San Francisco Workforce Development System, which is a network of public, private, and nonprofit service providers that serve San Francisco job seekers and employers.

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