Workforce Assistance

LEDA provides advisory services regarding employee recruitment, retention, and funding to offset training expenditures.


Businesses thrive in Lafayette, LA because they leverage the success that comes from an innovative, energized workforce.

Thanks to unmatched workforce training programs and education opportunities offered in our region, our talent-pipeline is primed to fill jobs in energy, healthcare, manufacturing, technology and software development, aviation, finance and more.

25+ Associate Degree or higher
Median Age
Median Household Income
MSA Labor Force
Parish (County) Labor Force

LEDA connects businesses with potential workforce,

through LEDA’s year-round Online Job Fair, the LEDA Job Fair—the largest one-day recruitment event in Acadiana—and multiple specialty job fairs each year.

We can also assist you in identifying funding sources to offset workforce training programs for your employees. Download the Workforce Packet for a detailed overview of the programs available.

Workforce Assistance Programs

Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP)

Assists in the skill development of existing employees (at least 15) and provides funding for customized workforce training.

On-the-Job Training Program

Provides up to 50% reimbursement of wages to employers for either new hires or skills upgrades for existing employees.

Small and Emerging Business Program

Helps Louisiana's small businesses by funding up to 50% of the cost of entrepreneurial & computer training as well as other technical assistance such as legal needs, marketing, and accounting.

Small Business Employee Training (SBET) Program

Assists in the skill development of existing employees and provides funding for workforce training for businesses with 50 or fewer employees.

LED Faststart®

is the nation's No. 1 workforce training program, creating customized employee recruiting, screening and training solutions — at no cost to eligible companies.

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University of Louisiana

is the second largest university in Louisiana with an enrollment of more than 19,000 students, offering 106 undergraduate degree programs, 37 master’s degree programs, and 10 doctorate degree programs.

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South Louisiana Community College

is one of the fastest growing colleges in Louisiana serving more than 10,000 students on eight campuses in Acadiana. SLCC has a robust Continuing Education/Corporate College division.

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Acadiana Opportunity

connects workers who have lost a job with a workforce representative who will determine their eligibility for funding to defray the cost of enrolling in training/certification classes or will help direct the individual in their job search. Youth age 16-24 can also apply for similar grant funding intended to support paid work experience.

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Contact Ryan to learn about employee recruitment events and training opportunities for your employees.

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Ryan LaGrange

Director of Workforce Development
(337) 593-1405