HOUMA, La. - As many as 500 Louisiana residents who applied through the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) for oil spill clean-up jobs got BP-specific training on Thursday, the LWC reported today.
The LWC is working closely with PEC Premier, the Louisiana company selected by BP to serve as training coordinator for the entire Gulf Coast region for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, as companies contracted with BP to handle oil spill efforts gear up for work. LWC is providing outreach and recruitment services for companies looking for trained workers to handle the oil spill clean up.
In response to an immediate need for workers in the Houma area, LWC state and local staff on Thursday contacted several hundred job seekers who applied earlier this month for oil spill jobs through the state's network of Business & Career Solutions Centers. LWC also provided facilities for interviewing and screening of applicants, as well as provided transportation services to the training site as needed.
"Our intent is to make sure that Louisianians who are displaced by the spill or who want to work on the mitigation and clean-up effort have the opportunity to be hired for those jobs. Putting them through training helps do that," said Curt Eysink, LWC executive director.
Training and recruitment efforts are ongoing, with LWC and PEC working with BP-selected contractors to provide qualified individuals who are ready for hire. PEC's public training schedule, which is continually updated, can be found online at PEC's website, www.pecpremier.com.
PEC is using BP's customized curriculum for oil spill clean-up that is approved by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and includes three levels of training, ranging from Module 1 for volunteers to Module 3 for contractors and paraprofessionals.
Workforce Commission services are offered at no cost to employers and participating job seekers.
A toll-free hotline has been established by BP to discuss spill-related damage claims, including loss of income: 1-800-440-0858.
For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.
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