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Job fair to assist displaced Walmart workers

Posted at 4:50 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 18:40:47-04

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is partnering with the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) to host a job fair for employees impacted by the recent closure of Walmart in Lafayette, in addition to local job-seekers in the area. There is no cost to attend the fair, which will provide employment opportunities for individuals who want to transition to or begin a career in the greater Lafayette area.

If you are an employer who is interested in hosting a job fair or would like to be notified of eligible employees in the area who would be an addition to your existing workforce, contact State Rapid Response Coordinator Andre France at (225) 342-2918 or by email at afrance@lwc.la.gov.

The LWC offers employers across Louisiana the opportunity to participate in On-the-Job Training (OJT). OJT is a federally funded program via the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), that enables employers to hire and train skilled workers at a reduced overall cost. Additionally, OJT allows employers to train the right workers to meet their specific needs.

The LWC has a statewide network of 62 American Job Centers (AJC) ready to assist both employers and job-seekers in their specific needs. For an updated list of the LWC’s AJC network, visit http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/WFD/B&CSC_Contacts.pdf.

“This job-fair will provide a much-needed opportunity for impacted Walmart employees, as well as all Lafayette residents, to find their way into a local-based family-sustaining career,” said LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie. “The LWC and our Rapid Response team will remain ready to assist any and all Louisiana residents impacted by business-related events in finding their way back into the workforce to build a better life for themselves and their families.”

The job fair will be on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, from 9 a.m. – noon at the Martin Luther King Center, 308 Cora Street, in Lafayette.