There are several programs available to assist employers with their workforce and training needs. For more information on these programs, please visit Louisiana Workforce Commission or the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 was established to further the education and increase the occupational skill attainment of adults and dislocated workers. The WIA strategy is designed to enhance customer choice through a system of Individual Training Account (ITA) vouchers, while assuring program quality through a provider certification system. The intent of the WIA is to empower individuals by allowing them to choose the program of training or education they need, giving them the information to make informed decisions, while increasing accountability and quality among providers.
Types of Eligible Training Services:
The broad array of training services may include occupational skills training, on-the-job training, job-readiness training, adult education and literacy activities, cooperative education programs, training programs operated by the private sector, skill upgrading and retraining, entrepreneurial training, and customized training conducted by an employer.
Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP)
- Designed to benefit Louisiana employers by assisting in the skill development of existing employers and providing funding for this training
- Improvements are expected to result in the creation of new jobs, retention of jobs that might have been eliminated, and an increase in wages for trained employees
- To be eligible, a business must have operated in Louisiana and contributed to the state's Unemployment Insurance System for a minimum of three years
- An employer or a consortium of employers with similar needs must have at least 15 employees to be trained
Small Business Employee Training Program (SBET)
- Designated to benefit business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees through individual, standardized training
- Allows training costs of up to $3,000 per trainee per state fiscal year (July 1 - June 30)
- Funding is provided through the Workforce Development Training Account, at 2.3% of all IWTP funds available
- Employers must have been in business in the state for at least three years, have 50 or less employees, and cannot receive customized training and SBET concurrently
Small and Emerging Business Program
- Helps Louisiana's small businesses by funding up to 50% of the cost of entrepreneurial & computer training (as well as other technical assistance such as legal needs, marketing, and accounting.
Regognized as the #1 Workforce Training Program, LED FastStart's innovative, custimized programs are availible to companies that meet eligibility requirements and are aligned with Louisiana's economic development targets, including:
- Digital Media
- Headquarters and Business Operations
- Service Industries
- Advanced & Traditional Manufacturing
- Warehouse & Distribution
- Research & Development
To qualify, a company must first commit to creating a net of at least 15 new, permanent manufacturing jobs, or a net of at least 50 new, permanent service-related jobs.
Each request is evaluated prior to project commencement to ensure all eligibility requirements are met.
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