EL Navigator

English Language Learner Workforce Navigator Pilot Program

Project Overview

The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the California Workforce Development Board awarded $2.5 million to five local workforce boards to implement a workforce navigator pilot program to help English language learners and immigrant workers with career services and support that lead to jobs. The projects funded will better align job training, adult education and support services for individuals with limited English-language proficiency.

This population faces cultural, language and other barriers that limit access and opportunities to complete job training programs. The navigator program will provide case management and referrals to support services that will help immigrants and those with language barriers receive the education and skills training needed for income mobility.

Recognizing ALLIES’ experience in facilitating collaborative networks between adult education providers, workforce development boards and community based organizations, as well as ALLIES’ innovative approach reflected in its recently published Immigrant Integration Framework, the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency and its partners selected ALLIES as the technical assistance provider and evaluator for grantees of the EL Navigator Pilot.


  • Orange County Workforce Development Board
  • Pacific Gateway Workforce Innovation Network
  • Sacramento Employment and Training Agency
  • Madera County Workforce Investment Board
  • San Diego Workforce Partnership

    July 12, 2017 Grantee Convening Materials

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Technical Assistance Approach
  • Technical Assistance Team Bios
  • National Skills Coalition Presentation: Aligning Workforce and Adult Education Systems to Serve ELL Jobseekers
  • Workforce Goals and Metrics Presentation: How will the ELL Pilot Define Success?
  • ALLIES Immigrant Integration Framework Presentation


  • CA WDB Policy Brief: Serving English Language Learner Populations Using Best Practices and Model Partnerships
  • Bridges to Careers for Low-Skilled Adults
  • Skill Up Washington: Guide and Tools for Navigators
  • Sample Navigator Job Description: Campbell Adult and Community Education (CACE)
  • Sample Navigator Job Description: Reading and Beyond
  • Sample Navigator Job Description: San Jose Evergreen Community College District
  • ALLIES Immigrant Integration Framework
  • Bibliography of Resources: Toolkits for Navigators – Assessment Worksheets – Wraparound Services – How to Serve ELLs – Demographics