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Learn more about LED FastStart®, the nation's best state workforce training program.

Who We Are

Recognized for its innovation, effectiveness, flexibility and efficiency, LED FastStart® is the nation's best state workforce training program according to Business Facilities magazine.

FastStart provides customized employee recruitment, screening, training development and training delivery for eligible, new or expanding companies — all at no cost.

Based on a company's immediate and long-term workforce needs, the FastStart team crafts unique programs that ensure high-quality, flexible workers are prepared day one and beyond.

The FastStart team includes dozens of experienced professionals from a range of businesses — manufacturing to corporate headquarters, digital media to customer support centers and R&D.

FastStart has designed and delivered comprehensive workforce solutions for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies, as well as high-tech companies funded by leading venture capital firms.

Why Faststart

Comprehensive

LED FastStart delivers a turnkey workforce solution for new or expanding facilities.

FastStart offers essential workforce services such as employee recruitment and screening, safety and teamwork training, leadership development for managers, and specialized assistance for employees as they transition to a new community and a new job.

Tailored

FastStart does not utilize a "one-size-fits-all" approach.

FastStart services are designed and tailored exclusively for each company, with no preconceived notions about the best approach and no bias regarding the use of existing training programs or facilities.

Innovative

FastStart is rethinking how training is developed and delivered.

FastStart employs iPads and other digital platforms to provide real-time training tools and feedback and utilizes both traditional classroom instruction and hands-on, immersive training approaches.

Flexible

FastStart adjusts to evolving company needs.

FastStart offers support around the clock (and around the world, if needed) and provides services that other states cannot offer because of bureaucratic constraints.

Talented

FastStart is made up of dozens of dedicated professionals with extensive industry-specific experience.

FastStart delivers top-notch training in quality, leadership, lean manufacturing, animation and other critical areas, and covers a wide variety of industries such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace, digital media and pharmaceuticals.

Driven

Success is based on a single metric: client satisfaction.

Every FastStart project focuses only on each company's target performance measures rather than the number of classes taught or hours trained.

Fast

Speed is key for success.

LED FastStart prides itself on proactively staying ahead of the company's schedule to ensure that the company meets or exceeds its targets. FastStart starts working immediately without requiring an application or cumbersome approval forms.

How It Works

How It Works

Analyze

Every aspect of a company's proposed operation is analyzed and studied.

LED FastStart's world-class team pairs with the company's various subject matter experts at any location in the world mirroring the new operations. If the company has a unique process, FastStart will work with the R&D and engineering departments to gather the necessary critical data.

Attract

FastStart sets forth on a mission to find the best potential talent.

After a complete analysis of the company, FastStart determines the competencies that match the cultural and technical abilities that will help define the most successful employee.

Evaluate

Pre-hire training and evaluations allow the best candidates to be selected.

Critical data is collected for each applicant through behavioral interviews, job observations, situational role-playing, pre-employment training and hands-on simulations. Evaluations are scored and sorted, allowing the company to select the best candidates.

Train

Customized and comprehensive training delivers a strong workforce.

Technical, team-based and soft-skills training programs are sequenced and delivered to engage new employees. Learning curves are greatly improved and a company's productivity increases, resulting in a faster start and a better bottom line.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

LED FastStart is a free service provided to qualifying companies operating in Louisiana.

What does LED FastStart provide?

LED FastStart offers in-depth, world-class custom employee recruitment and screening with hands-on assessments, as well as customized training for the complete operation.

The training is both comprehensive and highly customized, covering specific processes and procedures as well as quality, organizational management and advanced technologies, and is supported with customized video, multiple digital platforms and graphic material.

Does my company qualify?

To qualify, a company must first commit to creating a net of at least 15 new, permanent manufacturing jobs, or a net of at least 50 new, permanent service-related jobs. LED FastStart is a discretionary incentive and each request is evaluated prior to project commencement to ensure all eligibility requirements are met. Type of industry and investment from company are reviewed as well.

What kind of industries do you work with?

LED FastStart works with a wide variety of companies — from advanced manufacturing to corporate headquarters and customer support centers to game development and other digital media facilities.

Do you train current employees or only new employees?

Training is generally limited to new employees. However, current employees can be involved if they are moving up in the company.

Who owns the material?

All customized materials related to the company's process will be copyrighted to the company.

How long does it take?

The training process varies depending on each company's needs. LED FastStart works with each company until the final employee is hired and trained.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

LED FastStart's innovative, customized programs are available to companies that meet eligibility requirements and are aligned with Louisiana's economic development targets, including:

  • DIGITAL MEDIA
  • HEADQUARTERS AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
  • ADVANCED AND TRADITIONAL MANUFACTURING
  • WAREHOUSE AND DISTRIBUTION
  • RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

To qualify, a company must first commit to creating a net of at least 15 new, permanent manufacturing jobs, or a net of at least 50 new, permanent service-related jobs.

Each request is evaluated prior to project commencement to ensure all eligibility requirements are met.

What They Are Saying

What They Are Saying

Fox 8 Explores the Impact
of LED FastStart

Fox 8 explores LED FastStart®, Louisiana's customized workforce training program.

Stupp Corp.

LED FastStart enables employees to reach targeted productivity levels sooner.

Twin Engine Labs

With industry knowledge and innovative training, FastStart stands ready to partner with any digital media company.

Contact

JEFF LYNN

Executive Director of Workforce Development Programs

445 North Blvd., Suite 210, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

jeff.lynn@la.gov | 225.342.0107

LED FastStart®

LED FastStart provides world-class, turnkey workforce solutions for new and expanding facilities in Louisiana.

Recognized for its innovation, effectiveness, flexibility and efficiency, LED FastStart is the nation's best state workforce development program according to Business Facilities magazine four years in a row.

FastStart provides customized employee recruitment, screening, training development and training delivery for eligible, new or expanding companies — all at no cost to the company. The FastStart team consists of experienced professionals from a range of businesses — manufacturing to corporate headquarters, digital media to customer support centers and R&D. This team crafts unique programs that ensure high-quality, flexible workers are prepared day one.

FastStart has designed and delivered comprehensive workforce solutions for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies, as well as high-tech companies funded by leading venture capital firms.

Comprehensive: FastStart delivers workforce solutions for new or expanding facilities.
FastStart offers essential workforce services such as employee recruitment and screening, safety and teamwork training, leadership development for managers, and specialized assistance for employees as they transition to a new community and a new job.

Tailored: FastStart does not utilize a "one-size-fits-all" approach.
FastStart services are designed and tailored exclusively for each company, with no preconceived notions about the best approach and no bias regarding the use of existing training programs or facilities.

Innovative: FastStart is rethinking how training is developed and delivered.
FastStart employs iPads and other digital platforms to provide real-time training tools and feedback and utilizes both traditional classroom instruction and hands-on, immersive training approaches.

Flexible: FastStart adjusts to company needs.
FastStart offers support around the clock (and around the world, if needed) and provides services that other states cannot offer because of bureaucratic constraints.

Talented: FastStart is made up of dozens of dedicated professionals with extensive industry-specific experience.
FastStart delivers top-notch training in quality, leadership, lean manufacturing, animation and other critical areas, and covers a wide variety of industries such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace, digital media and pharmaceuticals.

Driven: Success is based on a single metric: client satisfaction.
Every FastStart project focuses only on each company's target performance metrics rather than the number of classes taught or hours trained.

Fast: Speed is key for success.
LED FastStart prides itself on proactively staying ahead of the company's schedule to ensure that the company meets or exceeds its targets. FastStart starts working immediately without requiring an application or cumbersome approval forms.

Analyze: Every aspect of a company's proposed operation is analyzed and studied.
LED FastStart's world-class team pairs with the company's various subject matter experts at any location in the world mirroring the new operations. If the company has a unique process, FastStart will work with the R&D and engineering departments to gather the necessary critical data.

Attract: FastStart sets forth on a mission to find the best potential talent.
After a complete analysis of the company, FastStart determines the competencies that match the cultural and technical abilities that will help define the most successful employee.

Evaluate: Pre-hire training and evaluations allow the best candidates to be selected.
Critical data is collected for each applicant through behavioral interviews, job observations, situational role-playing, pre-employment training and hands-on simulations. Evaluations are scored and sorted, allowing the company to select the best candidates.

Train: Customized and comprehensive training delivers a strong workforce.
Technical, team-based and soft-skills training programs are sequenced and delivered to engage new employees. Learning curves are greatly improved and a company's productivity increases, resulting in a faster start and a better bottom line.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: LED FastStart is a free service provided to qualifying companies operating in Louisiana.

Q: What does LED FastStart provide?
A: LED FastStart offers in-depth, world-class custom employee recruitment and screening with hands-on assessments, as well as customized training for the complete operation.

The training is both comprehensive and highly customized, covering specific processes and procedures as well as quality, organizational management and advanced technologies, and is supported with customized video, multiple digital platforms and graphic material.

Q: Does my company qualify?
A: To qualify, a company must first commit to creating a net of at least 15 new, permanent manufacturing jobs, or a net of at least 50 new, permanent service-related jobs. LED FastStart is a discretionary incentive and each request is evaluated prior to project commencement to ensure all eligibility requirements are met. Type of industry and investment from company are reviewed as well.

Q: What kind of industries do you work with?
A: LED FastStart works with a wide variety of companies — from advanced manufacturing to corporate headquarters and customer support centers to game development and other digital media facilities.

Q: Do you train current employees or only new employees?
A: Training is generally limited to new employees. However, current employees can be involved if they are moving up in the company.

Q: Who owns the material?
A: All customized materials related to the company's process will be copyrighted to the company.

Q: How long does it take?
A: The training process varies depending on each company's needs. LED FastStart works with each company until the final employee is hired and trained.

LED FastStart's innovative, customized programs are available to companies that meet eligibility requirements and are aligned with Louisiana's economic development targets, including:

  • Digital Media
  • Headquarters and Business Operations
  • Advanced and Traditional Manufacturing
  • Warehouse and Distribution
  • Research and Development

To qualify, a company must first commit to creating a net of at least 15 new, permanent manufacturing jobs, or a net of at least 50 new, permanent service-related jobs.

Each request is evaluated prior to project commencement to ensure all eligibility requirements are met.

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