BRAC is committed to ensuring the Capital Region has a robust workforce pipeline set to fill the needs of growing and evolving industry clusters. Our annual workforce report both gauges where our workforce pipeline is in relation to projected demand for various occupations, and offers substantive insights on workforce topics such as the de-stigmatization of skilled craft training, the benefits of public-private partnerships in workforce solutions, and the benefits of diversity within occupations.
As industries in the Capital Region become more diversified, it is vital that the workforce mirrors this evolution. Baton Rouge is home to the state’s flagship university, one of the nation’s top HBCUs, and several colleges that excel in training individuals for careers in healthcare, skilled craft, and other high-demand/high-wage occupations.
Customized Workforce Solutions
BRAC’s strategic plan calls for directly assisting employers, economic development prospects and industry with workforce needs. To do this most directly, we rely heavily on our community and technical college partners in the region — Baton Rouge Community College and River Parishes Community College. They are part of the statewide community and technical college system known as LCTCS.
Similarly, the LCTCS has set a goal of significantly increasing partnerships with businesses and industries over the coming years. These partnerships come in a variety of forms, but all offer businesses the opportunity to shape their future workforce or to upskill their current employees. LCTCS envisions business partnerships with our region’s community colleges taking many forms, including:
BRAC’s focus is mainly on facilitating connections between local businesses and LCTCS schools to develop customized workforce solutions.
BRAC will monitor these partnerships to ensure that businesses are receiving timely and relevant customized training, that students are being properly prepared for available jobs, and that the skills needed for tomorrow’s jobs are being developed today.