Employment Programs: WorksourceEmployment Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

First Source 

YouthWorks

First Source

2180 Milvia Street, 1st Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-4970
Fax: (510) 981-4975

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  1. Where are you located?
  1. Health and Human Services Department: 1947 Center St.We are located in the downtown Berkeley area at 2180 Milvia Street on the first floor. Our office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Our office number is (510) 981-4970.
  1. In order to obtain my use permit for a construction project, I am told that I need to sign a First Source Agreement, where do I go or who do I talk to?
  1. First Source staff will prepare the agreement for you, call or email:
    Delfina Geiken
    Employment Programs Administrator
    2180 Milvia Street, 2nd Floor
    Berkeley, CA 94704
    (510) 981-7551
  1. My construction company is building in Berkeley, but I don’t have to sign a First Source Agreement, how do I find qualified workers?
  1. You can use the local and regional workforce development programs to assist you in filling your construction jobs. 
  1. I am opening a business in a building that has a First Source agreement requirement? What does that mean?
  1. The building you are moving into required a developer First Source Agreement because it is at least 7,500 square feet in size. Any new hiring that results from any business going into the development is required to enter into a First Source Agreement, which means you must make a good faith effort to hire Berkeley residents for those jobs. First Source staff will prepare the agreement, and connect you with local workforce development programs for targeted outreach, recruitment and screening to fill those vacancies.
  1. Do you have computers for public use?
  1. No. The One Stop career center, located at 1918 Bonita Ave., has computers for public usage as well as other job search equipment (i.e., phones, fax machines, photocopiers, etc.) as well as various employer resources and information. You can reach them at (510) 982-7128. For a complete list of One Stop Career Centers in the East Bay, go to www.eastbayworks.org.
  1. Can I get information/help with my unemployment claim at the First Source office?
  1. No, however if you need assistance concerning Unemployment Insurance or State Disability Insurance, you can either call the California Employment Development Department at 1-800-300-5616. 
  1. I’ve seen people sweeping the streets around town. Where can I get an application for those jobs?
  1. Building Opportunities for Self-Suficiency (BOSS) operates the Clean City Street Sweeping program.  Their number is (510) 649-1930.

YouthWorks

2180 Milvia Street, 1st Floor
(510) 981-4970
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  1. Who can participate?
  1. Youth residing in Berkeley
  1. What ages are eligible for YouthWorks?
  1. 14 to 25 years old
  1. I would like to hire local youth, what do I need to do?
  1. Contact the YouthWorks office at (510) 981-4970, staff will assist you with a job order form.  Staff will also screen the worksite on appropriateness for youth, and will pre-screen the youth for your jobs.
  1. Are there special restrictions for youth?
  1. Only that you must be a Berkeley resident.
  1. When can I apply for a Job?
  1. October 1-31 of each School year for after-school work; March 1- 31 of every year for summer work, youth 18-25 can apply throughout the year.
  1. What is the pay rate for youth in this program?
  1. $ 8.00 an hour. 
  1. Can you mail or e-mail an application to me, or can my mom/dad/guardian pick it up for me?
  1. No, you must pick up the application yourself at YouthWorks.
  1. Do I need a work permit and if so, where do I get it?
  1. If you are under 18 years old, you do need a permit, and you need to go to Berkeley Unified School district offices.
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