The Louisiana Workforce Commission has been awarded three National Emergency Grants, including a $10 million grant to provide employment-related assistance and retraining for people who have lost their jobs because of the oil spill.
Funds from that grant will fund a variety of services, including basic skills and job skills assessments, training and job placement assistance. The grant also covers services for people who have lost work as a direct result of the spill, such as shrimpers, and as an indirect result of the spill, such as those affected by the federal moratorium on some offshore drilling.
“This grant will help prepare people for other careers as they deal with the effects of the oil spill disaster on their lives, families and communities," said Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. "The full costs of providing these employment services for all the people who ultimately may need them could be significantly greater than $10 million, and we will pursue additional funding as the need arises."
The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, will fund services in the following parishes: Acadia, Allen, Assumption, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, and Vermilion.
Services funded by the grant will be provided in connection with existing workforce development programs operated by the LWC. Grant services will be provided through the LWC's network of Business and Career Solutions Centers and mobile units in the affected parishes. Training will be provided by public institutions, such as community and technical colleges, and by certified private training providers.
In addition, a supplemental $2.03 million NEG was awarded to continue to provide services to about 950 workers affected by closures and mass layoffs from multiple companies throughout Louisiana, as well to provide services to new participants dislocated from Lockheed Martin as a result of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s retirement of the Space Shuttle program.
Parishes covered by the supplemental grant are Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Jefferson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Orleans, Plaquemines, Red River, Sabine, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, and Webster.
Also, the LWC received a $1.4 million statewide On-the-Job Training NEG to help dislocated workers secure employment and receive training to upgrade their skills or acquire new skills for jobs in new and emerging industries.
Workforce Commission services are offered at no cost to employers and participating job seekers.
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