New Jobs, Better Training in Louisiana

Louisiana Economic Development (LED) is creating the Louisiana FastStart program, a turnkey workforce solution modeled after Georgia Quick Start (www.georgiaquickstart.org) that will provide customized employee recruitment, screening and training for

Louisiana Economic Development (LED) is creating the Louisiana FastStart program, a turnkey workforce solution modeled after Georgia Quick Start (www.georgiaquickstart.org) that will provide customized employee recruitment, screening and training for new and expanding companies in Louisiana.
The program is a major element of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s workforce development reform plan adopted in the recent legislative session.
“One of the top concerns of the vast majority of our business development prospects is workforce availability and quality. With Louisiana FastStart, we are directly addressing one of the top needs of not only our recruitment prospects but our expanding companies as well,” says Gov. Jindal.
LED recruited one of the top corporate training experts in the country, Jeff Lynn, to serve as executive director of the new program.
Louisiana FastStart initially will complete several pilot projects before going into full production in late 2009. Eventually, the program will be made available to any manufacturing or research-and-development facility that commits to create at least 15 new jobs, or any service-related operation (e.g., headquarters, in-bound call center) that commits to create at least 50 new jobs. FastStart will be provided at no cost to eligible employers.

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