BATON ROUGE - Employment-related services and retraining are available through the Louisiana Workforce Commission for people who lost their jobs because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Participants can get help finding a new job that matches their skills, get training for a new career, such as in welding or construction, or even learn skills to start or grow their own business. Support services, including child care, transportation and uniforms, also are available to those who qualify.
“The employment services and training being offered are important tools to help people recover from the effects of the oil spill disaster,” said Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. "By taking advantage of re-training and entrepreneurship opportunities, workers will gain the skills needed to improve their economic situation both now and in the future.”
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 in the tourism and hospitality industries, are encouraged to apply for services. In addition, displaced homemakers impacted by the oil spill may be eligible for employment services and training.
Services will be available in the following parishes: Acadia, Assumption, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne and Vermilion.
These services are funded by a $10 million Oil Spill National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant also requires the LWC to seek reimbursement from BP for grant services.
Services 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.
To apply for services, call or visit a local Business and Career Solutions Center. A list of centers is available at www.laworks.net. Information is also available by dialing 2-1-1.
Workforce Commission services are offered at no cost to employers and participating job seekers.
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