Office of Workforce Development

The Office of Workforce Development identifies and aligns the supply of workers in our city with the needs of growing businesses. Through a combination of monitoring the needs of a knowledge-based economy, to providing career counseling and training, the Office of Workforce Development leverages the capabilities of our citizens to fill necessary positions while working with local businesses to customize training, screen applicants and help forecast future demand.  These services are available through three programs within the Office of Workforce Development.  

The Office of Workforce Development is pleased to announce a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to support organizations in developing programs that empower individuals negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with the skills, certifications, and support necessary to embark on career trajectories with family-sustaining wages that bolster their long term social and economic mobility. The project is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

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JOB1 Business and Career Solutions is part of a network of workforce partners that provide services to various job seeker populations and employers.

YouthWorks is a program to help young adults overcome employment obstacles. The program provides services such as career advising, mentoring, and leadership development.

The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program provides quality summer experiences that build a pipeline to career opportunities for local youth ages 13-24. The focus of the summer employment program is to expose participants to careers of interest with the intention of creating a career ready workforce. Youth will earn while they gain experience to define their career goals.

JOB1 Business & Career Solutions Centers
Mid-City

  • 1307 Oretha Castle Haley
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    Suite 3000
  • 504.658.4500
    504.658.4547 (Youth Career Center)

Office Hours

  • Monday & Tuesday, 8 am to 5 pm
    Wednesday, 8 am to 5 pm 
    Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm
    Friday, 8 am to 1 pm

 

 

Office of Workforce Development

(504) 658-4500 (504) 658-4582 Email Office of Workforce Development
1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd Suit 3000 New Orleans, LA 70113

Programs & Initiatives
NOLA Youth Works

The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program provides quality summer experiences that build a pipeline to career opportunities for local youth ages 13-24.

The focus of the summer employment program is to expose participants to careers of interest with the intention of creating a career ready workforce.

Youth will earn while they gain experience to define their career goals.

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Programs & Initiatives
JOB1 YouthWorks

Our YouthWorks program is designed to help young adult career-seekers remove the obstacles to employment through a variety of service

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Programs & Initiatives
Information for Employers

Thank you for expressing interest in Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program(MSYEP). The MSYEP brings together private sector employers, community-based organizations, Federal government, and local government agencies to provide youth who are between the ages of 16-24 with an array of summer work experiences to cultivate and stimulate professional and personal career aspirations.

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Workforce Development
Latest News

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May 10, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, Office of Workforce Development and Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families Announces Details of Youth Summer Programs

This week, the New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission, in partnership with the City of New Orleans Office of Workforce Development and Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families announced the upcoming youth summer programming. Opportunities will be available in all five City Council Districts through NORD and JOB1 NOLA Youth Works. In total, the City has committed more than $2 million to youth summer programming this year.   

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April 12, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

Office of Workforce Development Announces ARPA-Funded Leonard Merriman III Youth Pilot Scholarship Applications Open April 17

The Office of Workforce Development has partnered with the Tuskegee Airmen Flight School to offer scholarships to 20 high school seniors from Orleans Parish. The New Orleans Flight School is an aviation training program sponsored by the Tuskegee Airmen that promotes career opportunities for underrepresented youth in Orleans Parish.  

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January 8, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

City of New Orleans Releases $7.4 Million Notice of Funding Availability for Workforce Development

The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) today released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for organizations to develop programs that build a sustainable workforce for the next generation.

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January 3, 2024 | From City of New Orleans

Year in Review: Economic Development

The Year in Review newsletter is a five-part series that provides direct information on work accomplished in 2023 on behalf of the residents of New Orleans.

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October 12, 2023 | From City of New Orleans

CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, OFFICE OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CELEBRATE JOB1 GRAND OPENING AND CAREER FAIR

Mayor LaToya Cantrell today was joined by Office of Workforce Development (OWD) Director Sunae Villavaso, New Orleans Workforce Development Board Chair Gregory Curtis, Councilmember Lesli Harris of District B, Dryades YMCA Board Chair Pastor Tom Watson and Vice President for Equus Workforce Solutions Deborah Giordano for the JOB1 Grand Opening and Career Fair designed to provide on-site services, connect job seekers to high wage, high demand jobs and celebrate the opening of JOB1's new office located at 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

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July 29, 2021 | From City of New Orleans

Office of Workforce Development Partners with NOTCF to Provide Technical Assistance to Culture Bearers, Industries Seeking Grant Resources

The New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund (NOTCF) today announced a partnership with the Office of Workforce Development (OWD) to provide grant assistance at the JOB1 Career Center.

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