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SAN ANTONIO (December 17, 2020) — Today, City Council approved the creation of a Council appointed 9-member San Antonio Ready to Work Advisory Board with two City Council Liaisons. This Advisory Board will provide input to the Mayor and City Council on in-demand occupations, workforce training alignment and training targets, and wraparound support.
Councilwoman Viagran was the driving force in moving with a sense of urgency. “We have been given a mandate from the community with the 76% support for the SA Ready to Work initiative. Therefore, I believe residents want to see progress. Many residents are seeking support and a new path forward. We want to see access, opportunity and economic mobility,” stated Councilwoman Viagran. “This advisory board is a first step in the process to ensure the best information and expert advisement to Mayor and Council as we build the infrastructure to the SA Ready to Work Program.”
The San Antonio Ready to Work Advisory Board will include local employers from industries with occupations currently in demand, City workforce program participants, and representatives from trade or labor organization, community organizations and training providers. Additionally, the Board will include two City Council liaisons appointed by the Mayor.
“Creating this Advisory Board allows for transparency in this process and promotes the inclusion of stakeholders in the development of policy recommendations for City Council consideration,” Councilwoman Viagran stated. “The reason to create the Ready to work Advisory Board is to provide the opportunity to give input on key components for the Ready to Work Program.”
City Council will be asked to adopt guiding principles and policies for the SA Ready to Work program no later than March of 2020. In order to have this board fully constituted to provide input on potential program recommendations, recruitment and application process will begin as soon as possible.
SA Ready to Work program was put into place to help train up to 40,000 displaced workers in the post-COVID-19 pandemic. It aids those impacted the most; which include hospitality, food service and retail workers and offers programs to help build new skills in high-demand career areas. Combined with the City of San Antonio’s Recovery and Resiliency plan, up to 50,000 total San Antonio residents would have a pathway to a new, stable career by December 31, 2025.