Available Workforce for Advanced Manufacturing
Manufacturers can benefit from Louisiana’s sizeable available workforce. A right-to-work state for more than three decades, more than 430,000 workers in Louisiana are currently employed in occupations relevant to manufacturing according to Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.
Investments in Higher Education Support Workforce
New investors in the state can be sure of Louisiana’s continued workforce growth, because the state is making strategic investments in higher education to meet the future needs of industry. The majority of the state’s research universities have institutes, programs of study and/or centers specializing in manufacturing focus areas. In all, Louisiana graduates more than 22,000 people per year with credentials relevant to the manufacturing industry, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
In addition, Louisiana investments in community and technical schools are ensuring the production of highly skilled workers statewide. From 2007 to 2012, the state invested more than $250 million in new and modernized training facilities and in 2013 authorized an additional $250 million in workforce-related projects. Enrollment at these institutions is also up, surging 72 percent from 2007 to 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
In conjunction with private sector projects, Louisiana is willing to make additional education and training-related investments to support a company’s goals. For example, the state is currently building specialized training centers at Bossier Parish Community College for Benteler Steel/Tube and for Sasol at Southwest Louisiana Community and Technical College. These advanced technology centers house the latest technology and are staffed with LED FastStart® team members to accommodate all phases of recruitment, assessment and training activities. Once company-specific recruitment and training services ramp down, facilities such as this one will be available to other students as part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. This results in a net benefit for the company and the community.
LED FastStart Delivers Customized Workforce Solutions
LED FastStart creates customized workforce recruitment, screening and training solutions for new or expanding companies — at no cost to eligible companies.
With only one goal, client satisfaction, LED FastStart pairs its world-class team with a company’s subject matter experts to learn the company’s unique processes and culture. After determining the competencies that match the cultural and technical abilities that will help define the most successful employee, the LED FastStart team employs traditional and innovative methods to recruit qualified talent that matches the company’s specific requirements.
Based on a company’s immediate and long-term workforce needs, the LED FastStart team will craft unique programs that ensure high-quality, flexible workers are prepared on day one and beyond. Technical, team-based and soft-skills training programs are sequenced and delivered to engage new employees. LED FastStart helps improve learning curves, and increases a company’s productivity, resulting in a faster start and a better bottom line. Post-employment classes are strategically developed and sequenced to orient new team members into a company’s organization. LED FastStart’s world-class training adds value to every level of a company.
LED FastStart team members have developed and managed hundreds of customized workforce training programs for a wide variety of companies across multiple industry sectors, including Fortune 500 companies. In particular, the team has managed hundreds of workforce programs in multiple states for leading companies like Gardner Denver Thomas, Lockheed Martin, Nucor, Northrop Grumman, Crest Industries and Union Tank Car.
“The value that [LED FastStart] brought was [an] ability to hit the marketplace with a successful operation, a successful product and meet the delivery dates that we promised. It’s huge. It’s putting us in a position in the marketplace to be the No. 1 spiral mill producer in North America.”