LEDA announces new initiative to help displaced oil & gas workers

LAFAYETTE, La (KLFY) – Partners from across Acadiana came together Monday morning to discuss the results from a recent job fair and to announce a major initiative geared toward helping displaced oil and gas workers throughout the state.

Lafayette Economic Development Authority representatives say more than 1800 people turned out to last month’s industrial trades career fair, and of that 300 people were hired on the spot.

Partners from across Acadiana came together Monday morning to discuss the results and LEDA also announced a major initiative geared toward helping displaced oil and gas workers throughout the state.

“There are people that are getting laid off everyday, they need a place to go,” said Gregg Gothreaux, President/CEO of LEDA.

Those are the groups of people that LEDA is looking to target through their new ‘Acadiana Opportunity’ website.

Gothreaux says by starting online they can quickly lead people in the right direction.

“AcadianaOpportunity.com is a starting point for anyone who has lost a job. There are federal funds that may be available to help them get training or re-training.”

“We’re making some very important headway on allowing folks to access important portals to get to a job and matching with employers those job opportunities,” said Don Pierson, secretary of the Louisiana Economic Development.

Pierson says in southwest Louisiana alone there’s alot of opportunities.

“We have billions of dollars of construction that’s slated to occur,” said Pierson.

Pierson says ‘Acadiana Opportunity’ is an important tool that will help link job seekers to job opportunities as they come up.

“A great way for people to get comfortable that they have something here in their region that’s going to connect them to their tech schools, help them with certificate programs, and also that match back to employers,” said Pierson.

If you would like more information about ‘Acadiana Opportunity,’ click here.

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