The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is building a talent pool and helping non-violent offenders reintegrate into society through a new partnership to develop on-the-job training.
“This innovative partnership is indicative of the commitment and advocacy of the RTA Council of Commissioners to participate in the region’s workforce development efforts, particularly those focused on restorative justice,” said Flozell Daniels, Jr., chairman of the RTA Council of Commissioners. “As one of the region’s largest public sector agencies, we believe it is our duty to extend our legacy of creating thriving paid jobs for New Orleanians, their families and all of us. community. ”
New Orleans RTA, with JOB1 Career Solutions, will create On-the-Job Training (OTJT) for offenders who meet Louisiana State Penitentiary Automotive Mechanic Apprenticeship Program requirements upon release. . The RTA will initially hire bus mechanics and collision repair technicians, both at $ 23.67 per hour, up to 40 hours per week for a six-month trial period. The agency hopes to expand this program to other career paths in 2022.
The JOB1 OTJT partnership is available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which is coordinated by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. New Orleans RTA will be reimbursed at 50% of participants / trainees’ regular hourly wages, excluding non-worked payment hours for sick leave, vacation, statutory holidays, lunch, personal hours , jury functions and overtime up to a maximum of 40 hours per week as a participant. in the program.
RTA says it will compensate participants for salaries and benefits equivalent to regular employees and intends to transition successful participants to permanent employees once the six-month training program is completed.
As New Orleans and the country continue to rebuild their workforce since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, RTA is focusing more than ever on creating a pipeline of dedicated employees to the transit system history of our region and the passengers we serve, ”said RTA CEO Alex Z. Wiggins. “By tapping into the gradual reintegration training programs offered by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, RTA not only builds a highly skilled workforce, but also helps those involved in the process. justice to successfully reintegrate into society. This opportunity will allow them to earn a flourishing salary to support their families, which in turn will strengthen the community and improve the quality of life for all.
“On-the-job training is a key part of LWC’s core mission, which is not only to put people to work, but also to help people acquire the skills they need to thrive in a new career.” , said Ava Cates, secretary of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. “This partnership helps people re-enter society with purpose and gives them direction and skills they wouldn’t otherwise have.”