RESERVE, LA – TransPORTs, an initiative of South Central Louisiana Technical College (SCLTC) which was awarded a $7.9 million U. S. Department of Labor contract to lead work in building registered apprenticeship programs in the transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) industry, recently convened its first Sector of Excellence in Apprenticeship (SEA) meeting in Louisiana. More than 30 representatives from regional companies spanning petrochemical, shipbuilding, and vessel operations industries attended as well as members of federal, state, and local government and education agencies.
“We were honored to have leaders from principal companies operating in Louisiana attend the SEA including Marathon, Dow Chemical, Metal Shark Boats, Conrad Shipyards, Canal Barge, Nucor, Odyssea Marine, LeBeouf Brothers Towing, Intermoor, Valero and others,” said SCLTC Director Earl Meador. “Their participation in the state’s first-ever SEA meeting reflects these companies’ commitment to developing a skilled, credentialed workforce for Louisiana residents. Our college and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System strongly support their efforts.”
SEA meeting are held to convene business leaders in an environment that promotes creation of effective, customized, employer-driven workforce development programs using the proven method of registered apprenticeship. Registered apprenticeship provides employers with a structured way of training and upskilling their workforce to increase their competitive advantage. At the same time it provides workers with a full-time job paying competitive wages, mentoring in a critical trade by seasoned professionals, and industry-valued and academic credentials. On average registered apprentice program completers earn $50,000 annually and earn $300,000 more over their career lifetime than their non-apprenticed peers.
The Louisiana SEA is part of TransPORTs’ concentrated effort to help TDL businesses in the state and nationwide develop a more skilled, competitive workforce. The SEA meeting is part of the organization’s strategy to develop a Gulf Coast TDL consortium to help industry partners and their customers adopt and expand registered apprenticeship programs.