Talent &  Workforce Development

Talent & Workforce Development
Impactful talent and workforce development involves connecting all members of our community. It includes both the employee and employer. It involves training and preparing the best assets of New Orleans—the people who live here. It also involves attracting to New Orleans and retaining the high-level talent needed for our growing economy.

Our goal is to connect workers of all skill-levels and backgrounds to employers across multiple sectors and industries.

The critical outcomes are better jobs with more economic opportunity and security for New Orleans residents; and, well-trained, work-ready employees for local businesses.

Connecting the Local Community

The New Orleans Business Alliance coordinates the delivery of shared job readiness programming with five flagship workforce organizations that offer decades of committed leadership and service. Together, we facilitate five Workforce Opportunity Centers in Orleans Parish: Goodwill of Southeastern Louisiana, JOB1 Business and Career Solutions, Total Community Action (TCA), the Urban League of Louisiana; and the recently established STRIVE NOLA. 

Using a coordinated curriculum and strategy designed by STRIVE International, the Opportunity Centers deliver innovative job-readiness programming designed to both prepare and support workers and to provide employers with a skilled workforce. In our partnership with STRIVE International, a nationwide program that serves people in disadvantaged communities, the collaborative ultimately connects job seekers to employment opportunities throughout New Orleans. In addition, the Opportunity Centers provide case management, skills training, and supportive services for job seekers that need preparation for quality job opportunities. Your success is our success.

If you are a job seeker or an employer, please email our team for more information.

Aspen Workforce Leadership Academy

In December 2018, the New Orleans Business Alliance partnered with the Aspen Institute to offer a Workforce Leadership Academy. Over 12 months, the Academy will develop a network of leaders who are able to lead their own programs or organizations and who can work collaboratively to build effective workforce systems.

Workforce Leadership Academies create and support peer-learning communities of workforce leaders from nonprofit organizations, business associations, community colleges and universities, union-based training efforts, and public agencies. Academy participants work with leading practitioners from around the country, learn about practical planning tools, and are offered the rare opportunity to imagine and develop effective workforce strategies that strengthen local workforce systems. 

Fellows are selected in a competitive application process and are typically senior-level managers with authority to implement program changes. Academy graduates are part of the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunity Fellows Network.

Meet the 2019 Workforce Leadership Academy Fellows here.

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Impactful talent and workforce development involves connecting all members of our community. It includes both the employee and employer. It involves training and preparing the best assets of New Orleans—the people who live here. It also involves attracting to New Orleans and retaining the high-level talent needed for our growing economy.

Our goal is to connect workers of all skill-levels and backgrounds to employers across multiple sectors and industries.  The critical outcomes are better jobs with more economic opportunity and security for New Orleans residents; and, well-trained, work-ready employees for local businesses.

Connecting the Local Community

The New Orleans Business Alliance coordinates the delivery of shared job readiness programming with five flagship workforce organizations that offer decades of committed leadership and service. Together, we facilitate five Workforce Opportunity Centers in Orleans Parish: Goodwill of Southeastern Louisiana, JOB1 Business and Career Solutions, Total Community Action (TCA), the Urban League of Louisiana. Using a coordinated curriculum and strategy designed by STRIVE International, the Opportunity Centers deliver innovative job-readiness programming designed to both prepare and support workers and to provide employers with a skilled workforce.

In our partnership with STRIVE International, a nationwide program that serves people in disadvantaged communities, the collaborative ultimately connects job seekers to employment opportunities throughout New Orleans. In addition, the Opportunity Centers provide case management, skills training, and supportive services for job seekers that need preparation for quality job opportunities. Your success is our success. If you are a job seeker or employer seeking more information please email our team for more information.

JOB 1

504.658.4500
3400 Tulane Avenue
2nd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70118

TOTAL COMMUNITY ACTION

504.872.0334
1424 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70125

URBAN LEAGUE OF NEW ORLEANS

504.324.4444
464 S. Carrollton Avenue, Suite 210
New Orleans, LA 70119

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES

504.456.2662
3400 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119

ATTRACTING HIGHLY SKILLED WORKERS

VFA is a fellowship program that places highly talented recent college graduates in organizations in cities with emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems. NOLABA is hosting two VFA Fellows from 2017-19, Thomas Krumins and Sally Lindsay, who are dedicated to supporting NOLABA’s business development activities, specifically, the New Orleans Health Innovators Challenge and Project Re-Start. Currently New Orleans hosts 24 fellows at 15 companies, and nearly 30 alumni have chosen to stay in New Orleans after their fellowships.

This Ambassadorship Program launched in Spring 2017 and is the singular program in New Orleans that provides in-depth insight into the work of growing and diversifying the New Orleans economy. NOLABA staff equips experienced professionals from a variety of sectors with information to become better-informed ambassadors for New Orleans’ economy and assist in our mission to attract and retain talent.

RETAINING TALENT ACROSS THE BOARD

504ward is a collaborative initiative housed at NOLABA designed to retain the influx of young talent in the New Orleans region. Focused on both new and native New Orleanians, 504ward was founded in 2008 to connect the 21 to 35 year-old demographic to key events, people, organizations and opportunities. It has an email subscriber list of more than 12,000 members and has reached more than 20,000 members through its programs during the past nine years.

WorkNOLA is powered by 504ward and Greater New Orleans, Inc., the economic development alliance serving our 10-parish region. It is the leading website for professional employment listings in New Orleans. The platform is free to use and strives to increase the region’s economic strength by connecting a talented workforce with the needs of area companies.

Monthly Career Connections was launched by NOLABA in October 2017 with the objective to retain local talent by facilitating connections with career advancement professionals, other talent, and hiring organizations, and create strong cultural ties to New Orleans. NOLABA will work with recruiting experts and special guests to lead these career & cultural discussions and provide a high level overview of the economic assets and resources New Orleans offers to families and professionals.

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504ward

504ward is a collaborative initiative designed to attract and retain young professional talent in New Orleans. 

As part of the New Orleans Business Alliance’s efforts to provide employers with top talent, 504ward is New Orleans’s largest network of young professional talent. 

The initiative offers a suite of programs and communications, in partnership with private sector leaders and employers, that provide opportunities for career advancement, professional development, and social engagement for young professionals. 

Over the past 10 years, 504ward has directly engaged more than 23,000 young professionals, featured more than 3,000 quality jobs, and partnered with more than 200 employers to date. 

To learn more or sign up for the 504ward weekly email, click here.

Celebrating 10 Years

In Fall 2018, 504ward celebrated its tenth anniversary. 

To commemorate this significant milestone, 504ward hosted a Young Professional Day of Service in which 200 young professionals volunteered to execute service projects across the city in partnership with 15 community-oriented nonprofits.

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