The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is working closely with the Louisiana company that is coordinating all oil spill response training to ensure interested job seekers get needed training for possible clean-up jobs.
PEC Premier, headquartered in Mandeville, was selected by BP to serve as training coordinator for the entire Gulf Coast region for the Gulf of Mexico oil incident. PEC Premier is using BPís customized curriculum for oil spill clean-up that is approved by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and includes three levels of training, ranging from Module 1 for volunteers to Module 3 for contractors and paraprofessionals. An additional module for the Vessels of Opportunity program has been developed specifically for boat response.
LWC is providing the names and contact information to PEC of the several thousand interested job seekers who have applied through Business and Career Solutions Centers across the state for oil spill-related jobs, including several hundred who already have special safety credentials, such as TWIC and Hazwoper. PEC will schedule training for qualified individuals in the BP-sanctioned modules that meet BPís safety and quality standards, enabling the applicants to be ready for hire as work becomes available.
PEC is using a state-of-the art tracking database as part of the training implementation, with those who complete the training receiving bar-coded cards that will help identify them and their level of training wherever they work as part of the Gulf Coast response effort. As of last week, PEC had trained several thousand people currently working throughout the Gulf Coast in response to the oil spill.
LWC also recently worked with PEC on providing train-the-trainer instruction in the BP-sanctioned curriculum to some 60 instructors from the Louisiana Community and Technical College System so that LCTCS campuses could offer approved oil spill clean-up training as needed.
PEC is working with training providers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida with established relationships with BP that have been approved to work with PEC on training as needed. The official training schedule for the entire Gulf Coast incident response can be found online at PECís website, www.pecpremier.com.
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