POSTED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 2:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 2:04am
Baton Rouge, La — The Louisiana Department of Labor and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections encourage area employers and community resource agencies to participate in the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center Job & Community Resource Fair from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 18 in St. Gabriel.
More than 250 skilled and semi-skilled offenders eligible for release within one week to six months will attend the fair.
Most offenders will be releasing to communities in and around New Orleans, Slidell, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Alexandria and Shreveport.
Prior to incarceration, many offenders already possessed skills and good work histories in construction, heavy equipment operations and oilfield work. Over half of the offenders who will participate have completed one of five Louisiana Community and Technical College System training programs, in addition to earning industry recognized credentials, such as OSHA, EPA, NCCER, OPEESA, and Serv-Safe Certifications. Many offenders receive on-the-job skills training in prison jobs such as:
Electrical/HVAC Helper Library Clerk
Automotive Repairer Forklift Operator Painter
Building Maintenance Grounds Maintenance Paralegal
Clerical Assistant Heavy Equipment Plumber
Chemical Handler Hospital Orderly Roofer
Chemical Packager Janitor Shoe Repairer
Carpenter Kitchen Worker Warehouse Specialist
Cook Laundry Technician Welder/Fabricator
Released offenders qualify for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program entitling employers up to a 40 percent tax credit on the first $6,000 wages paid in the first year of employment.
Employers may also qualify for an additional reimbursement of 50 percent of the employee’s salary if Workforce Investment Act criteria are met. Federal bonding may also be available.
The resource fair also gives offenders the opportunity to learn about community resources such as housing, faith-based programs and other support systems designed to help provide more stable living circumstances for the individual and a more dependable employee for the workforce.
Staff from the Education, Re-Entry and Chaplaincy departments will provide assistance to employers and resource agency participants before, during and after the fair. Offenders will prepare job applications in advance for those employers needing detailed training and work history information. Lunch will be provided. Participants need only bring their display materials.
Participants must complete a registration form to obtain security clearance. The deadline to register and reserve a space at the Elayn Hunt Job & Resource Fair is April 10, 2012. Contact the Education Department at (225) 319-4331 as soon as possible to register. Registration information can also be found on the Department’s website at www.doc.louisiana.gov .