Lafayette, LA (KLFY) – A new website is aiming to rehire displaced oil and gas workers in Acadiana.
AcadianaOpportunity.com is a collaborative effort by Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA), One Acadiana, Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), Louisiana Job Connection and South Louisiana Community College.
The website is an online portal connecting people with training opportunities and new jobs.
The site is designed by LED and matches users with available jobs based on their skills and experience.
Job matches will be sent to the user after they post their resume for free.
“There are numerous opportunities along the I-10 corridor from Lake Charles to Baton Rouge for displaced energy, construction and manufacturing workers and for our businesses,” says Gregg Gothreaux, President and CEO of LEDA. “The Acadiana Workforce Opportunities Initiative is another illustration of the collaborative nature of our community. Our organizations will continue to identify companies who are actively hiring and connect them with our displaced workers.”
Workers who have been recently laid off may be eligible for grant funds to pay for training and certification classes and AcadianaOpportunity.com provides initial eligibility screenings to the LWC.
Users can learn about job opportunities outside of the oil and gas industry and get instructions on how to apply for unemployment benefits.
The website also links people to SLCC, where training and certification classes are being taught.
Visitors to the site can also access Louisiana Job Connection.
AcadianaOpportunity.com is now live and can be viewed HERE.