An example of a career pathway in hospitality

Technology

Like other local industries, New Orleans’ technology sector is experiencing unprecedented growth and, consequently, a shortage of qualified workers. Current local demand is estimated between 7,000 and 9,000 jobs. Responding to this need, the City is expanding the Mayor’s Economic Opportunity Strategy to include technology training and hiring. By leveraging the Economic Opportunity Strategy’s existing infrastructure, the City is developing partnerships around vocational and non-traditional training such as MicroSoft and Cisco certification programs, coding “bootcamps” and online training to quickly prepare and connect job seekers to these high paying jobs of the future.

The City is partnering with a broad range of private sector industries requiring technology-based expertise – from the well-established IT firms and the newly launched tech startups to the hospitality and healthcare. The Strategy has been designed to demonstrate to business leaders that participation creates the potential to increase prosperity in New Orleans and also for their companies.

Resolving the shortage of qualified workers depends on reaching the most underrepresented communities. To facilitate this outreach, we will engage grass-roots and community-based organizations to target non-traditional candidates who may have previously not been considered tech candidates. This engagement aims to raise awareness of the training and job opportunities being created but also helps job seekers re-imagine themselves as potential candidates for the opportunities at hand.

The Network for Economic Opportunity has established 5 Workforce Opportunity Centers that meet a shared set of  service standards and  connect job seekers to employment opportunities made possible through The Network’s Anchor Collaborative. Opportunity Centers provide case management, foundational skills training, and supportive services for jobseekers that need preparation for quality job opportunities. Through our Opportunity Centers, youth and adults with varied levels of work readiness now have access to an array of workforce assistance, with a special focus on the needs of African-American men and boys.

Hospitality

The Network for Economic Opportunity, in partnership with the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, is working with leaders in the hospitality industry to  provide industry-focused workforce development solutions. Together, we are offering entry-level opportunities for career advancement in three hospitality tracts: Food & Beverage, Event Management and Hotel and Lodging. From Serv Safe certification to executive leadership positions, The Network’s hospitality career pathways will connect service industry job seekers to career opportunities while helping hospitality industry members of the Anchor Collaborative meet their workforce needs.The Network for Economic Opportunity, in partnership with the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, is working with leaders in the hospitality industry to  provide industry-focused workforce development solutions. Together, we are offering entry-level opportunities for career advancement in three hospitality tracts: Food & Beverage, Event Management and Hotel and Lodging. From Serv Safe certification to executive leadership positions, The Network’s hospitality career pathways will connect service industry job seekers to career opportunities while helping hospitality industry members of the Anchor Collaborative meet their workforce needs.

Healthcare

The Healthcare and Hospitality Sector Lead is tasked with the responsibility of creating pathways of career employment by connecting identified anchors institutions in the healthcare industry with disadvantaged job seekers. The healthcare and Hospitality sector is purposed with aligning candidates with troubled employment history with entry-level jobs in the healthcare and hospitality industries. Anchor Institutions include leading hospitals and hotels in the Metropolitan New Orleans Area.

Advanced Manufacturing

The Network for Economic Opportunity is partnering with area community and technical colleges to  provide employer-focused workforce development solutions for current infrastructure projects occurring in New Orleans, including the construction of the new Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport terminal and Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans projects. The Network will be offering entry-level opportunities for career advancement in construction and other infrastructure-related trades while helping members of the Anchor Collaborative meet their workforce needs.