Workforce Development On September 29, LAX announced plans for an elevated dining and retail experience within the redesigned Terminal 3. Since LAWA requires all concessions to partner with the Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program to increase minority participation, projects like the redesigned Terminal 3 are opportunities for minority-owned small businesses.
Local/Small/Disabled Veterans Enterprise Program
HireLAX has graduated 300+ students from the 8-week program since its inception, leading to 200+ placements in union construction positions in the five years the program has been around. The HireLAX program has gained national attention, including a visit from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg this year for its success rate in providing specialized training to a diverse group of students in the LAX region.
LAWA is committed to providing equal opportunities to local, small, and disadvantaged veterans enterprises. LAWA exceeded its
pledged SBE, LBE, LSBE, and DVBE commitments in 2022.
Local workers involved in active LAX projects total 11,163 and make up 30% of construction workers. The redesigned Terminal 3 was opened to Delta passengers in October, ahead of schedule, as the COVID-19 pandemic allowed for expedited construction. Construction consisted of more than 4.5 million work hours from 30.9% local workers . LAWA held its LAWA Vocational Worker Job Fair in November 2022. Over the course of one day, 201 interviews were conducted with attendees from a local and diverse candidate pool. The Vocational Work program provides a pathway to city civil service with full-time, paid, on-the-job training job opportunities.
“We must leave no talent on the table while building tomorrow’s infrastructure.
HireLAX trains people who live in the community—especially women and people of color— for construction jobs at [LAX]. Programs like this are timely and needed across the USA” —Secretary Buttigieg on Twitter after visiting with HireLAX students
Student works on assembly and repair of electrical outlet ©LAWA
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