Workforce Development
Office of Workforce Development programs include:

Find a local Business and Career Solutions Center near you

The LWC’s Business and Career Solutions system is built around a standardized, yet flexible, statewide framework to ensure that our customers’ needs are consistently met and our system achieves a high level of customer satisfaction.

  • Services include:
    • Online local, state and national job listings
    • Assessments of education, skills and interests
    • Job counseling, job placement assistance and referrals
    • Web-based job search assistance
    • Job search workshops
    • Community resources information
    • Education and training information
    • Labor market information
    • Access to computers, fax and copy machines
    • Veterans’ services
    • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA)
  • Training opportunities include:
    • Basic skills upgrades
    • Job readiness skills courses
    • Adult basic education, literacy, math skills and GED preparation
    • Education and curriculum information
    • Registered apprenticeship
    • Training scholarships
    • Employer-based training
    • Entrepreneurial training
    • Youth employment programs
  • Support services include:
    • Financial aid and planning
    • Specialized veterans’ services
    • Disability services
    • Food and nutrition services
    • Child and family support
    • Older worker and youth services

Helping Individuals Reach Employment (HiRE)

This dynamic online tool can help job seekers as well as employers. Job seekers can search for a job, create a resume,
find training providers and much more. Employers can use this resource to find qualified employees and post job vacancies.

Workforce Programs and Initiatives

Re-Employment Services (RES)

The Re-employment Services (RES) Program provides comprehensive and integrated job-related services for unemployment insurance claimants through the LWC’s Business and Career Solutions Centers. Services include group orientation, one-on-one sessions with a re-employment specialist, assessment of employment needs, development of an Individual Employment Plan (IEP), job search assistance, job and supportive service referrals and skills upgrades through workshops and training.

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) / Community Action Agencies

The LWC works closely with community action agencies through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. These agencies provide supportive services to help low-income individuals become or remain self-sufficient. Each agency offers a range of services which can include assistance with transportation, housing, income management, energy costs, nutrition, health care, emergency food and shelter, employment and training.

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) assists people with disabilities to obtain or maintain employment and/or achieve independence in their communities by providing rehabilitation services and working cooperatively with business and other community resources. Programs available include Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), the Randolph-Sheppard Program, Independent Living Program Part B and the Independent Living Older Blind Program. LRS offices are located in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Houma-Thibodaux, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe regions.

Disability Employment Initiative

The goal of the DEI is to improve education, training and employment opportunities and outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

Contact a Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC).

Learn more about this year’s Diversity Works Job Fairs geared to connect individuals with disabilities with employers looking to hire and diversify their workforce.

For additional information on the federal DEI program, visit http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/DEI.htm.

Learn more about this year’s Diversity Works Job Fairs geared to connect individuals with disabilities with employers looking to hire and diversify their workforce.

Training

  • Incumbent Worker Training Program

    The Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP) creates training partnerships among the LWC, business and industry, and training providers. The IWTP is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees, thereby increasing employee productivity and company growth. The program is funded by a portion of Unemployment Insurance tax contributions dedicated solely for customized training.

  • Eligible Training Provider Information

  • Small Business Employee Training

    The IWTP Small Business Employee Training Program (SBET) is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees through individual, standardized (off-the-shelf) training. Employers are reimbursed for tuition and required textbooks and manuals after the training has been completed and proper documentation has been submitted to the LWC.

  • Apprenticeship

    Registered apprenticeship is a voluntary industry-driven training program. An apprentice-eligible  occupation is learned through a structured program of supervised on-the-job training; is clearly identified and commonly accepted throughout the industry; requires a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience to learn; requires related supplemental instruction; and involves the development of manual, mechanical and technical skills broad enough to be applicable in like occupations in the industry. Apprenticeship program sponsors may qualify as Workforce Investment Act (WIA) training providers and registered apprentices may be eligible for individual training account funds to assist in training costs. In addition, employers who are registered apprenticeship program sponsors are eligible for a tax credit of up to $1,000 per apprentice per year.

Veterans' Services

Veteran services provides employment assistance and training opportunities to Veterans and other eligible individuals, mainly job assistance, job and training referral and job placement.

Youth Works

Helpful information geared to assist young job seekers get into the workforce.

Minor Labor Program

Helpful information geared to assist employers and young job seekers get into the workforce.

Rapid Response

Rapid Response is an early intervention service that helps workers affected by major layoffs and plant closings qualify for new jobs. The goal of the program is to transition workers into re-employment as quickly as possible. LWC host orientation sessions that introduce workers to the re-employment, retraining and support services available to them. Workers facing layoff are encouraged to attend scheduled sessions so they’re aware of the full array of no-cost benefits offered to participating employers and employees.

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and North American Free Trade Agreement Transitional Adjustment Assistance (NAFTA-TAA)

The Trade Adjustment Assistance program provides services to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced because of international competition. TAA services, which are offered at no cost, may include training awards, job search and relocation allowances, income support and health coverage tax credits.

Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Services (MSFW)

Under the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Protection Act (MSPA), the Office of Workforce Development provides services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers that are “quantitatively proportionate and qualitatively equivalent” to all jobseekers. This means that MSFWs should receive all workforce development services, benefits and protections on an equitable and non-discriminatory basis (i.e. career guidance, testing, job development, training, and job referral). MSPA also provides for Monitor Advocates, who are responsible for ensuring that services provided are in accordance with federal regulations (20 C.F.R. 651-658) and the Workforce Investment Act.

For additional information on MSPA visit, http://www.dol.gov/compliance/laws/comp-msawpa.htm.

Incentives

Fidelity Bonding Program

The Fidelity Bonding Program can provide an employer with a bonded insurance guarantee for hiring hard-to-place job seekers as new employees. It only takes a few minutes to certify an applicant and LWC staff can issue bonds on-site.

Foreign Labor

The LWC Foreign Labor Certification Unit provides value-added services to employers looking to hire a non U.S. citizen. LWC professionals can provide solutions for your company that will allow you to secure foreign labor employees for job openings while still ensuring that U.S. citizens have an opportunity to compete for the positions. The Unit works directly with the National Processing Centers and focuses primarily on screening ETA application forms and conducting housing inspections.

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