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.
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.
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.