BATON ROUGE – Specially trained staff of the Louisiana Workforce Commission are helping military veterans meet the growing needs of Louisiana employers and easing the transition to civilian careers.
“Louisiana is a place of tremendous opportunity for veterans seeking new or better jobs and who are rotating off active duty,” said LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink. “Their advanced training and leadership experience is especially valuable.”
An estimated 330,000 veterans live in Louisiana, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Since 2009, the LWC has helped 25,996 veterans get a job, and Louisiana now ranks 10th in the country for re-employing veterans, LWC data show.
“We are committed to providing career support and assistance to veterans and to helping Louisiana employers fill their open jobs,” Eysink said. “When we can do both, everyone wins.”
The number of job opportunities in Louisiana has been growing for four years. The state’s employers are projected to fill 103,000 job openings next year. Careers that will offer the most job opportunities in coming years include construction, information technology and engineering. Many veterans work in those and similar fields. With the right career guidance they can translate their advanced training, leadership experience and ability to work under pressure into thriving civilian careers.
The LWC provides a variety of programs and services for veterans and employers, including:
• Tailored services. Specially trained LWC specialists called Local Veterans Employment Representatives are stationed at many Business and Career Solutions Centers. Military veterans themselves, they bring a personal understanding of common barriers veterans must overcome to obtaining civilian employment. Local Veterans Employment Representatives also work with employers and assist their efforts to hire veterans.
• Work Opportunity Tax Credits. Employers who hire certain military veterans can receive federal tax credits of up to $9,600;
• Recruiting and training assistance. The LWC can help employers reduce the cost of recruiting and training new employees by hosting hiring and recruiting events, promoting job openings online and through on-the-job training incentives and assistance;
• Disabled Veterans’ services. Disabled military veterans can receive more intensive services and case management to help them overcome barriers to civilian employment. Veterans with service-related disabilities can receive additional service and support through the LWC’s vocational rehabilitation program, including comprehensive vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning.
• Priority of services. Federal law requires that military veterans and spouses receive access to federally funded employment programs and services. Learn more at http://www.doleta.gov/programs/vets/.
• Recruiting events. The LWC co-hosts job fairs and hiring events around the state to connect employers with job openings with military veterans. To find out about the next hiring event near you, like us at facebook/com/louisianaworks, follow us at twitter.com/louisianaworks or visit the agency’s events calendar at laworks.net.
Learn more about all of the LWC’s services for job seekers and employers at laworks.net.
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