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The City of Oakland's local employment programs offer Oakland residents an opportunity to participate in the City's economic mainstream and gain experience in the construction trades. 

The program serves Oakland residents of all genders, from all walks of life, including the underserved and ex-offender. Program participants have an opportunity to work locally with contractors on City development projects. Financial assistance may be available to eligible residents.

Contractors who participate in the City's development projects must comply with Oakland's Local Hire Compliance Ordinance and meet Oakland resident hiring goals.

15% Apprenticeship Program

This construction employment program ensures participation of Oakland apprentices on Public Works and other City-funded construction projects.  It is a job-training system that combines on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. Apprentices are paid employees who "earn while they learn."

LEP accepts applications from Oakland residents year round. There are no application deadlines. To be eligible for the LEP and the 15% Apprenticeship Program, applicants must meet a few requirements:

  • Be an Oakland resident
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a Social Security card
  • Be lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Have a valid driver's license or California State Identification Card

Attend a LEP Application and Information Session:  Sessions are held weekly. Contact the LEP office for upcoming dates by calling (510) 238-7313.

Pre-Apprenticship Program

decided about which apprenticeship trade is right for you. Consider enrolling in a pre-apprenticeship program. These programs offer an overview of the skilled trades and provide hands-on training and instruction.  Contact information for pre-apprenticeship programs:  

  • Cypress Mandela/Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) 2229 Poplar St., Oakland, CA 94607 (510) 208-7350
  • Youth Employment Partnership, 2300 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601 (510) 533-3447
  • Men of Valor Academy, 6118 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94621 (510) 567-1308

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250 Frank Ogawa Plaza
3rd Floor, Suite 3341
Oakland, CA 94612 


Phone Numbers

Tel: (510) 238-3970
Fax: (510) 238-3363


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Monday - Friday