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Louisiana’s Talent Engine: Available Workforce for the Automotive Industry

Manufacturers can benefit from Louisiana’s sizeable available workforce. A right-to-work state for more than three decades, more than 430,000 people are employed in Louisiana’s manufacturing industry according Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.

Investments in Higher Education Fuel Workforce Development

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 conjunction with private sector investments, Louisiana is willing to make additional investments to support a company’s goals. For example, the state is currently building a specialized workforce training center at Bossier Parish Community College for Benteler Steel/Tube. This facility will house the latest technology and be staffed with LED FastStart® team members to accommodate all phases of Benteler Steel/Tube’s 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, the nation’s No. 1 state workforce development program, 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, members of the FastStart team have managed projects for leading companies such as Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda, KIA, Goodyear Tire and SW Manufacturing.