A local organization that helps people land jobs has received a large grant to grow its programs.

The United States Department of Labor awarded a $12-million grant to West Los Angeles College and the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) collaborative. The grant is part of a national effort to prepare and place 5,000 workers into pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship roles in advanced manufacturing with a focus on the aerospace and bioscience industries over the next four years. The grant was the only one awarded to a California applicant. Locally, officials hope to place nearly 1,500 people. The SBWIB will be directly responsible for generating awareness about the national program, called “Growing Advanced Manufacturing Apprentices Across America”.

SWIB Executive Director Jan Vogel says the award reflects the effectiveness of the apprenticeship programs they have created in the South Bay area. The organization operates four One Stop Business and Career Centers within the South Bay service area.

All employment services provided are free to the public. To learn more about the program and participating companies, contact Deborah Shepard at (310) 970-7700.