Workforce Initiative

Workforce Initiative is a unified set of solutions to meet employment needs, by embracing a variety of cultures, attitudes, and individual potential. Creating connections among the City of Dallas is a key component in providing effective, efficient, and quality workforce development solutions.

The City’s goal is to place workers in jobs where there are career development opportunities, and cultivating that development can certify an adequate source of capable individuals for job placement.

Upskilling Dallas Program Approved by Dallas City Council
Upskilling Dallas Program Approved by Dallas City Council

This program will specialize in providing job training for residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and those of low to moderate incomes.

FreshStart Spotlight: Livy Shipman
FreshStart Spotlight: Livy Shipman

Livy Shipman is an extraordinary example of the amazing work being done by FreshStart participants all around the City of Dallas.

FreshStart Employment Second Chance Hiring Event
FreshStart Employment Second Chance Hiring Event

On April 06, 2023 FreshStart(FS) hosted an Employment Second Chance Hiring Event at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. FreshStart Program participants were able to have same day interviews and some even had some day offers!

Mayor's Upskilling Workforce Report
Mayor's Upskilling Workforce Report

A report commissioned by Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson and Produced by Cicero Group.

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Workforce Initiatives Grants

  • Workforce Re-Entry Grants
    • FreshStart Employment Program
    • TDCJ Grant
    • Career Pathways Grant
  • Upskill Grant

Workforce Initiative has five major grant recipients with the following groups:

  1. United Way
  2. Oak Cliff Empowered
  3. Dallas Leadership Foundation
  4. Volunteers of America
  5. Regional Black Contractors Association

Workforce Development is Talent Development

A skilled and talented workforce is critical for the development and sustainability of growing industries and a vibrant and diversified Dallas economy. Small or large businesses, we can help you find the resources to meet your workforce development needs, whether you are new to Texas, already here but ready to expand, or looking to upskill your existing workforce. Various resources are available, at no cost, to address your workforce development needs.

City of Dallas FreshStart Employment Program

Our primary goal is to advocate for individuals returning to their communities from incarceration or with non-incarceration infractions that produce barriers to stable or full-time employment. The FreshStart Employment Program offers Second-Chance employment opportunities for individuals that have been impacted by the criminal justice system. Only applicants who meet that criteria, will be considered. Click here to apply.