Ready. Set. Work.

With major economic expansion under way in the five parish region of Southwest Louisiana, the SWLA Economic Development Alliance wants to build a strong workforce.  The READY, SET, WORK program connects all workforce interests through the Chamber/Alliance. The business/industry/employer segment, the education/training/employment services segment, and the student/trainee/jobseeker/worker segment all work together to share information and resources to target long-term CAREERS for the workforce in our region.  The goal is local jobs filled by local people.

The READY, SET, WORK program is aimed at two groups:

1.)  school-age children representing the future workforce

2.)  unemployed and underemployed adults who do not possess the resources to enter or advance in the workforce

For any business economy to survive and grow, an educated and trained workforce is key.  The regional workforce is 110,000+ people strong.  With the announced $117B+ in industrial expansions, the forecast is for 37,000 construction jobs to build the facilities and 20,000+ permanent jobs across all employment sectors. 

We have worked with Sasol North America and other regional partners to put together the SWLA Workforce Resource Guide which takes future workers step by step through the process of preparing for a career. 

In order to get the skills necessary to find a job, successful job seekers must have the right education/training and experience. READY, SET, WORK starts with education and/or training, then lead to entry-level employment opportunities. Entry-level employment is the door that adds the experience needed to advance in any career.






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