“I love this job, and I love what we do here. Lao Family was very helpful to me, and I’m grateful and happy with the way things have turned out.” —Madelyn Centeno

Lao Family offers a comprehensive menu of services that helps individuals secure and retain employment and achieve self-sufficiency. Our Affiliate One-Stop Business & Career Centers in Oakland and San Pablo provide an extensive range of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and Employment Development Department (EDD) services for those seeking employment. Since our founding in 1980, we’ve worked with:


Job Training and Placement

Multi-lingual employment counselors evaluate and provide customized support to job seekers with barriers to employment such as language/cultural obstacles and limited education and job skills. Support includes job-readiness skills, coaching, and problem-solving around job-related and family issues. Counselors can continue to follow up with clients for up to one year.

Job Readiness Training

Clients receive individualized job readiness training to help them gain an understanding of both the soft and hard skills necessary to successfully obtain and keep a job. This training includes topics such as work culture and ethics, interview techniques, dressing for success, and basic computer skills. Clients also learn how to look for job openings, create resumes, fill out applications, and may be linked to English as a Second Language class and the community college system.

Vocational Training

We offer job seekers opportunities to learn specialized skills through vocational and on-the-job training, such as in-house Customer Service and Security Guard training. Through partnerships with other agencies, clients can pursue training as forklift operators, truck drivers, clerical assistants or child development teaching assistants.
Our Affiliate One-Stop Career Center is a WIA Title I- financially assisted program and is an equal opportunity employer and program.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

On the Job Training (OJT)

The OJT program provides employers with wage reimbursement when they hire eligible employees and train them for a maximum of six months in a new job.  Since this is a direct-hire, the business makes the final decision on the appropriate candidate for the position.  Candidates are men and women who may have marketable skills but are currently out of work. For those with limited work history, this employment gives them an opportunity to obtain practical work experience.  Participants are considered employees in the company and must comply with business standards.

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