Hilda Solis recognizes the importance of a strong workforce as she served as the
Secretary of Labor under President Obama.
Establishing New Department of Workforce
and Economic Development
Hilda Solis quickly identified how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the economy and workforce, which led her to author a motion to establish a new department of workforce and economic development with the aim to better train and equip our workforce for long and successful careers.
Apprenticeship programs to Promote Equity in the Workforce
Hilda Solis demanded the County to develop a plan to create a network of apprenticeship programs. The aim of this was to provide more hands-on training programs in robust industries for those facing barriers to employment, including formerly incarcerated individuals, youth transitioning out of foster care, and people experiencing homelessness.
Innovative Programs to Support Small Businesses
Hilda Solis established innovative programs to support small businesses in the First District. Those programs provided First District small businesses microloans and other needed services with the aim to prevent displacement, and ensured that local dollars stayed local.
Employment Program to Help Women, Communities of Color
and Disadvantaged Populations
Hilda Solis created a pilot program with Women in Non Traditional Employment Roles to help facilitate a high quality training program for women seeking opportunities related to crafts and apprenticeship positions.