New and expanding companies in Louisiana may be eligible for free, customized training through Louisiana Economic Development’s (LED) award-winning workforce development program.
How it works
LED FastStart offers training development and delivery, as well as employee recruitment and screening, at no cost to Louisiana companies that are creating at least 15 new manufacturing jobs or 50 new service-related jobs in an economic-driven business. The state-funded program was launched in 2008 as part of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s comprehensive workforce development plan.
LED FastStart partners with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Louisiana Workforce Commission, selected state universities, and private sector training experts. Training services that have been provided to Louisiana businesses through the program include conducting an up-front business analysis to determine training needs, offering leadership and supervisory training, and writing standard operating procedures for a shop floor, said Jeff Lynn, executive director of LED FastStart.
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In addition to using traditional classroom instruction and hands-on training approaches, LED FastStart is touted as the first state workforce training solution to use the Apple iPad as a training platform to deliver standard operating procedures, work instructions, and streaming video to employees within a validated quality management system.
State officials credit LED FastStart with helping secure economic development projects that are creating more than 51,500 new direct and indirect jobs, new capital investment topping $12.6 million, and hundreds of millions of dollars in new annual sales for small businesses.
“Our number one goal is really creating jobs in the state of Louisiana,” Lynn said. However, he said the success of the program can also be measured by client satisfaction, which, in turn, encourages more businesses to move to or expand in Louisiana.
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In tomorrow’s Advisor, we’ll hear from companies that have benefited from LED FastStart—plus look at a low-cost online training solution for your HR training needs.