The Anaheim WIB works closely with large companies like Boeing and Raytheon
to help meet workforce training needs.
Identifying Workforce Demographics
Recognizing the need for workforce development to reflect regional dynamics, the Anaheim WIB works to
assure stable employment for its distinctive workforce, and secure the city's manufacturing base. Anaheim's
manufacturing sector provides twenty percent of the city's employment and impacts another thirty percent.
"The Canyon," situated in Anaheim's eastern expanse, sustains the largest contiguous manufacturing
base in Orange County.
As a doorway to the middle class for many without a college degree,
manufacturing jobs offer Anaheim workers the best paying jobs for entry level positions,
room for advancement, and sustainable, long-term wage earning opportunities. Among its
multilingual citizenry, Hispanics make up nearly half of Anaheim's populace while the city's
Latino population is the second largest in Orange County. Anaheim is home to 1,266 manufacturing
firms that supply 37,000 positions providing competitive salaries, predominantly to workers without
Aligning industry dynamics and workforce characteristics, Anaheim WIB identifies
three spheres of workforce development: positioning new workers in jobs vacated by retirees,
retraining incumbent employees in high-tech industry advances, and connecting the region's
underemployed populations with living-wage manufacturing jobs. While the Board works to
provide practical means of matching workers' skills with industry needs, it also endeavors
to ensure the attractiveness of California's business climate.