Lafayette,LA - "We want our individuals in our community to benefit from this," says Billy Francis from the Local Workforce Development Board #40.
Acadiana Workforce Development understands that some people that were laid off or displaced are looking for a great paying job--and they are one resource that people can turn to for help.
"We have funding right now where we can pay one hundred percent of their salaries for up to six months up to twenty dollars an hour. We have employers right now that is ready to hire these individuals."
Francis says they are looking to hire forty individuals. A job is not the only thing they are willing to help with, "If these individuals are looking to get education or any kind of training, we can assist them with that training, but also during that transition we have a team of individuals that are going to be working with them to land full-time employment."
Opelousas native Connie Shakesnider says many small businesses in her area have shut down, and this opportunity gives them hope. "So that's going to give people a chance to, you know, get some work back into their bones and get thriving again."
Alderman at large for Opelousas, Marvin Richard is excited about the program. He believes it gives the city of Opelousas a boost in the right direction. "We have something in place to benefit our young men and young women just in a time that we are going through what we are going through."
Mr. Francis hopes that individuals in the community take advantage of this opportunity because if there is an increase in desire and more people join the program, they can ask for more funding. To find out more info about becoming one of the individuals to enter, you can call the office at (337) 942-5678 or email them at acadianaworkforce.org.