Date:March 21, 2014
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Meeting to Address Demand for Skilled Workers in Northeast Louisiana
Speakers will discuss craft workforce initiative, impact on local employers and workers

MONROE, La. – An annual forum for employers to be held March 27 in Monroe will focus on the growing need for construction workers and for expanding the education and training pipeline to meet future craft workforce demands.

Employers and industry advocates are encouraged to attend the 2014 Northeast Louisiana Employer Forum from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Monroe Convention Center, 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway in Monroe. The meeting is free and open to the public.

“The industrial construction hiring boom is going to affect all of Louisiana,” said Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink. “We want to ensure that all Louisianians are aware of the opportunities available during this historic period of economic growth.”

Bryan Moore, director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Office of Workforce Development, and Dr. Lisa Vosper, ‎associate commissioner for workforce education and training at the Louisiana Board of Regents, will speak about the Craft Workforce Development Task Force initiative and its effect on employers and workers in northeast Louisiana.

The meeting is sponsored by Louisiana Workforce Investment Boards 81, 82 and 83, and Northeast Louisiana Workforce Centers, Inc. The local WIBs are regional groups that work with the LWC. Members represent private business, labor unions and educational institutions and are appointed by local elected officials in each region. In addition to researching and directing local workforce development efforts, WIBs also operate Business and Career Solutions Centers where job seekers can get employment, career development and education and training services and information.

For additional information, please contact Abbie Tippit at (318) 362-5104.


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