Employment Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

First Source 

YouthWorks

YouthWorks 

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

Q.    Who can participate?
A.    Youth residing in Berkeley (verification will be required during the application process)

Q.    What ages are eligible for YouthWorks?
A.    14 to 25 years old

Q.    Are there special work restrictions for youth?
A.    YouthWorks adheres to the CA Division of Labor Standards pertaining to Child Labor Laws. For more information please visit the following web page, http://www.dir.ca.gov/DLSE/dlse.html

Q.    When can I apply for a Job? 
A.    October of each School year for after-school work; March of every year for summer work, youth 18-25 can apply throughout the year.

Q.    What is the pay rate for youth in this program?
A.    $ 10.00 an hour.

Q.    Can you mail or e-mail an application to me, or can my mom/dad/guardian pick it up for me? 
A.    No, you must pick up the application yourself at YouthWorks. If you are away at college we will email the application to you.

Q.    Do I need a work permit and if so, where do I get it?  
A.    If you are under 18 years old and are a YouthWorks participant, we will assist you in attaining a work permit. If you are not a YouthWorks participant, and you are hired for a job, you must pick up your work permit form from the school district, take it to the employer to complete, obtain parent/guardian signature, and return to the school district.

Local HiringFirst Source 
Community Workforce Agreement
2180 Milvia Street, 1st Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-4970
Fax: (510) 981-4975Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Q.    Where are you located?   
A.    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. Please note: City offices may be closed 2nd  Friday of the month as a cost-saving measure for reduced service schedule please check the city’s website.

Q.    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? Employment Programs 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 

Q.     My construction company is building in Berkeley, but I don't have to sign a First Source Agreement, how do I find qualified workers? 
A.     You can use the local and regional workforce development programs to assist you in filling your construction jobs.  Please click on the following link to view the programs http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=10360

Q.     I am opening a business in a building that has a First Source agreement requirement? What does that mean? 
A.     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. Employment Programs staff will prepare the agreement, and connect you with local workforce development programs for targeted outreach, recruitment and screening to fill those vacancies.

Q.    I am opening a business in a building that has a First Source agreement requirement? What does that mean?
A.    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. Employment Programs staff will prepare the agreement, and connect you with local workforce development programs for targeted outreach, recruitment and screening to fill those vacancies.

Q.    Do you have computers for public use? 
A.    No. The One Stop career center, located at the Berkeley Adult School, 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) 644-6630. For a complete list of One Stop Career Centers in the East Bay, go to www.eastbayworks.org.

Q.    Can I get information/help with my unemployment claim at the First Source office? 
A.    No, however if you need assistance concerning Unemployment Insurance or State Disability Insurance, call the California Employment Development Department at 1-800-300-5616. 

Q.    I'd like to learn more about jobs on local projects such as the street repaving, sewer rehabilitation.
A.    Call the employment programs office to learn about local construction projects.  All workers must be in a building & construction trade union. Interested workers can contact the unions directly to inquire about joining their union and work opportunities. If you are a Berkeley resident, let the union know as each project has a goal to hire Berkeley residents.  

 

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