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File #: 21-2587   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: City Council Special Meeting
On agenda: 4/8/2021
Posting Language: Briefing on recommended SA: Ready to Work program policies and pre-solicitation briefing for the select high-profile?solicitations. [Alejandra Lopez; Assistant City Manager and Interim Director, Economic Development]?
Attachments: 1. Staff Presentation
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DEPARTMENT: Economic Development


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Alejandra Lopez


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: City-wide


SUBJECT:

SA: Ready to Work Policy Overview and Pre-Solicitation Briefing


SUMMARY:

The presentation includes an overview of the recommended SA: Ready to Work program policies and also serves as the pre-solicitation briefing for the select high-profile?solicitations relating to the SA: Ready to Work program.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

In November 2020, San Antonio residents approved the SA: Ready to Work initiative, which is designed to?promote economic recovery by increasing access to education, training, and wraparound services for San Antonio residents and aligning with talent requirements of local businesses.?

The Economic Development Department (EDD) provided City Council an overview of SA: Ready to Work program implementation planning in December 2020. Later that month, City Council created the SA: Ready to Work Advisory Board ("Advisory Board") with the following charge to: (1) validate in-demand occupations, (2) recommend levels of wraparound support, (3) recommend allotment of certification training versus college education, (4) foster alignment between in-demand skillsets and training programs, and (5) serve as community ambassadors.

In March 2021, City Council appointed the Advisory Board, which is comprised of nine members, representing local employers, workforce training participants, trade/labor, training/education and community organizations.

The vast majority of the work associated with implementation of the SA: Ready to Work program will be accomplished through contracts with partner organizations. Given the contract values and high community interest, the SA: Ready to Work solicitations were identified as select, high-profile solicitations, requiring City Council briefing in B Session prior to issuance.



ISSUE:

EDD has solicited feedback to develop its policy recommendations. In March 2021, staff presented the p...

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