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HireLAX welcomes registrants to mandatory orientation on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Nov. 15, 2019

LAX Public Relations
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joins Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles Southwest College President Seher Awan and graduates of HireLAX's third class on the day of their graduation in October 2018.
(Los Angeles, CA) Officials with the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program announced that registration is now open for the program's seventh class. A mandatory orientation event will take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Dec. 14, at Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC). Those who are selected for the program will begin class early next year. 

"The HireLAX program prepares its participants to not only qualify for but excel at jobs helping to build the future of Los Angeles and our airport,” said Justin Erbacci, Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). “If you or someone you know is thinking about being part of our HireLAX program, sign up to attend the orientation and learn more about how we can help you build the career of a lifetime constructing the airport of the future.”

The HireLAX program is entering its third year, having recently celebrated the placement of its 100th graduate in August. The program is a partnership between LAWA, LASC and the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council. This workforce development program prepares local residents for skilled craft labor careers to support the multibillion-dollar capital improvement program at LAX through an eight-week course that trains participants in construction best practices, mathematics, physical education, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and other subjects. All participants are from the City of Los Angeles or the surrounding LAX area.

The program has placed 131 of its 172 graduates, or 76%, into jobs over the previous six courses, with a majority of them starting as union apprenticeship participants. Other demographic information from HireLAX's graduating classes include the following statistics:

  • 23.3% of graduates are female
  • 54.1% identify as African American
  • 38.4% identify as Hispanic/Latino
  • 49.4% of graduates come from the program's Impact Area (communities immediately adjacent to the airport)
  • 37.8% of graduates had some form of prior involvement with the criminal justice system

HireLAX's orientation will be held at Los Angeles Southwest College, 1600 West Imperial Highway, Los Angeles, 90047, at the campus' "The Little Theater." Those planning to attend the mandatory orientation should register at https://hirelax2019-12-14.eventbrite.com. HireLAX students must be age 17 and a half years or older, and possess both a valid California identification card (e.g., California ID, California Driver's License) and a valid Social Security Card.

Contractors performing work on LAWA projects must meet or exceed 30% local participation with a workforce that reflects the diversity of Los Angeles. The HireLAX program trains local residents to earn these jobs. Under the HireLAX framework, program graduates will be connected with union apprenticeship programs and contractors, so they can begin their construction careers at LAX. For example, there are multiple craft positions contractually earmarked for HireLAX graduates on the LAX Automated People Mover and Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility projects, which are part of the LAX Landside Access Modernization Program.

The HireLAX program was developed within the framework of LAWA's Project Labor Agreement (PLA), which is a partnership between LAWA, its contractors and the local construction unions. The PLA requires contractors and unions to refer local workers to the project and to conduct outreach to persons who have not previously qualified to be employed on construction projects, especially minorities and women. A substantial proportion of students who participate in the HireLAX program have experienced hardship, including homelessness or involvement with the criminal justice system.

The LAWA PLA and the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program are managed by Pasadena-based Parsons Corporation. Additional support services are provided by the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles at their America's Job Centers and WorkSource/YouthSource Centers. Nonprofits Flintridge Center, 2nd Call, and the County of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles support services network provide comprehensive case management for students and graduates.

A short video that highlights the incredible impact HireLAX has on its graduates can be viewed here. Questions about the program can be emailed to [email protected]

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.

LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues. 


LAX was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named  a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.


LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to wego.com. LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.  

For more information about LAX, please visit   www.flyLAX.com or follow on Twitter  @flyLAXAirport, on Facebook at   www.facebook.com/LAInternationalAirport, and on YouTube at www.YouTube.com/laxairport1.  

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