Job seekers in the River Parishes will have several opportunities to assess their work skills, meet with potential employers and better their prospects for a job during November as part of a special effort by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC).
The JobLink effort is targeting an estimated 800 residents of St. Charles, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes, with special emphasis on dislocated workers in the area. Services to be provided include job and training opportunities, future labor market information, skills assessment and career coaching.
JobLink kicked off this week at all three Business & Careers Solutions Centers in the River Parishes, with WorkKeys skills assessment testing for registered job seekers. Some 200 individuals participated this week in the testing, according to event organizers. Additional testing sessions will also be offered on Thursday, Nov. 12. Registration is required; interested persons should e-mail experts@CBLouisiana.com.
The skills assessment testing is being held at these three Business & Careers Solutions Centers:
- St. John Business & Careers Solutions Center, 975 Cambridge Drive, LaPlace
- St. Charles Business & Careers Solutions Center, 737 Paul Mallard Road, Suite 2A, Luling
- St. James Business & Careers Solutions Center, 2289 Texas St., Lutcher
Another 200 job seekers have signed up for WorkKeys testing that will be part of a day-long career expo on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Quality Inn Hotel, 3900 Highway 51, in LaPlace. The expo schedule:
- 7-8 a.m.: Registration
- 8-11 a.m: WorkKeys testing
- 1 a.m.- 4 p.m: Exhibits and interaction with more than 25 businesses and 15 community-based organizations offering support services
- 4-6 p.m.: Community leaders’ forum and reception. Among those scheduled to attend are State Rep. Nickie Monica, R-LaPlace, and Johnny Riley, LWC deputy director of emerging workforce.
In addition, the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s mobile unit will be onsite as well as training providers to assist job seekers. All Louisiana Workforce Commission services are offered at no cost to job seekers and employers.
“The career expo is a proactive means to match the workforce supply within the River Parishes with the demand levels of employers that are currently hiring, which will strengthen both our local and state economy,” said Tina Wright, local area coordinator for the St. Charles Parish Consortium.
The River Parishes events are the latest efforts of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, which served more than 237,400 individuals throughout the state from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009, an increase of 49 percent from the previous 12 months. “More than 7 out of 10 dislocated workers who received LWC services entered employment or education, with 83 percent still working after six months,” said Curt Eysink, LWC executive director. “As important, the average earnings of those individuals increased more than 26 percent from dislocated workers served the previous year. Not only have we been able to help workers find jobs, but we’ve been able to help them improve their financial status, even during the recent national economic downturn.”
In St. James, St. Charles and St. John parishes, 6,441 participants received LWC services from July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009, with more than 92% of the dislocated workers who entered employment still working after six months.
Additional services will be offered as part of JobLink for those unable to attend the planned events. Special outreach has been under way with community and faith-based groups as well as area businesses.
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