The American Job Center is the one-stop destination for employers and job seekers in Jefferson Parish. With funding from the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the Center provides multiple programs to employers at no charge to them. Services include free job postings, recruitment/applicant screening assistance, workforce training grants, space for job fairs as well as labor market information to help fulfill workforce needs. Job seekers can benefit from computer-based career planning programs, resume information and interviewing resources. The Job Center also provides veteran and youth services.
For assistance, contact your local center in Gretna at 504-227-1283 or Metairie at 504-838-5678, or visit the Louisiana Workforce Commission online at www.laworks.net.
The Jefferson Business and Career Solutions Center offers a program referred to as On-the-Job- Training. This program is employer-based training for individuals interested in working but lacking the skills and knowledge needed for a specific job. The employer is reimbursed a percentage of the salary associated with training the employee. Most occupations that qualify for this training require a minimum training period of 160 hours to acquire skills and knowledge appropriate to the job for which they are being trained. There is a concise employer application process that the employer will complete with the assistance of a staff member at the Center. This is a great way to obtain quality retainable employees with little cost to the employer during the training period. Please contact the American Job Center at (504) 227-1283, ext. 81286 – Eurydice Bush-Harrison.
The Incumbent Worker Training Program is a partnership between the Louisiana Workforce Commission, businesses and training providers. The IWTP is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees and thereby increasing employee productivity and the growth of the company. These improvements are expected to result in the creation of new jobs, the retention of jobs that otherwise may have been eliminated and an increase in wages for trained workers. The Customized Training program allows an employer or a consortium of employers with a minimum of 15 employees who need training an opportunity to determine the type of training needed and the training provider. Employers must have been in business in the state for at least three years and contributing to state unemployment insurance tax laws.
The Incumbent Worker Training Program is a partnership between the Louisiana Workforce Commission, businesses and training providers. The IWTP is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees and thereby increasing employee productivity and the growth of the company. These improvements are expected to result in the creation of new jobs, the retention of jobs that otherwise may have been eliminated and an increase in wages for trained workers. SBET is designed for employers with 50 or fewer employees to assist in the skill development of an existing employee through individual, standardized (off-the-shelf) training. Employers must have been in business in the state for at least three years and contributing to state unemployment insurance tax laws.
Louisiana FastStart, launched in 2008 by Louisiana Economic Development (LED), provides customized recruitment, screening and training to new and expanding companies at no cost. The program is available to manufacturers, corporate headquarters, warehouse and distribution, research and development or other strategic facilities that commit to creating a net of at least 15 new permanent jobs, or any service-related operation that commits to creating a net of at least 50 new permanent jobs. Service industries, headquarters and warehouse and distribution companies must have a majority of sales out of state.
The Re-Entry Program, created by the Legislature in 2010, allows judges to work with prosecutors to select nonviolent offenders facing sentences of 10 years or less (excluding sex-related crimes) for this intense training and rehabilitation program. Program participants are sent to Angola where they spend at least two years learning a trade, getting their GED, and receiving counseling from mentors serving life sentences. The skills learned includes Automotive, Carpentry, Collision Repairs, Culinary, Drywall/Painting, Electrical, HVAC, Masonry, Plumbing, Welding and other skills for in-demand occupations. Case management will work with participants to continue rehabilitation and training.
Tanya R. Bates
Career Specialist/ Re-Entry Coordinator
American Job Center
1900 Lafayette Street
Gretna, La 70053
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