Human Resources

Consider Public/Private Training Programs to Help with Your Training Needs

New and expanding companies in Louisiana may be eligible for free, customized training through Louisiana Economic Development’s (LED) award-winning workforce development program.

LED FastStart offers training development and delivery, as well as employee recruitment and screening, at no cost to Louisiana companies that are creating at least 15 new manufacturing jobs or 50 new service-related jobs in an economic-driven business. The state-funded program was launched in 2008 as part of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s comprehensive workforce development plan.

Companies that have benefitted from LED FastStart’s services praise the program as being “business friendly,” “nonbureaucratic,” “a breath of fresh air,” “a tremendous benefit to us,” and “absolutely everything that was promised and then some.”

For 3 consecutive years, LED FastStart has been named the top state workforce development program in the country by Business Facilities magazine. “Louisiana has established the gold standard for workforce training solutions with its innovative LED FastStart program,” said Business Facilities Editor-in- Chief Jack Rogers.

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“The availability of customized workforce recruitment screening and training is rapidly becoming a requirement for success in the competition for new business and an essential element in successful economic development projects. Louisiana is far ahead of the curve with a fully integrated program that works in partnership with higher education in a coordinated economic development strategy that targets growth sectors,” says Rogers.

Advice to consider

Lynn encourages new and expanding Louisiana businesses to find out more about LED FastStart ( “Not every state has a similar program or anything close,” Lynn said, noting that some states offer just workforce development grants. However, he recommends that employers reach out to their chamber of commerce, 2- and 4-year schools, and state department of economic development to see what resources are available.

Yes, public/private partnerships can sometimes be a great, low-cost help for your training needs. But not all states offer a successful program like Louisiana does.

Without such public help, do you have the budget and time to organize a full-blown training program on your own?

Good news from BLR—now you can run your training program like a pro, with our new TrainingToday system.

TrainingToday is a leading provider of online education programs for employees and supervisors. Each course in our extensive library addresses a specific topic with engaging and interactive presentations, delivering practical advice and clear instructions that trainees will remember long after the training is complete.

No time to prepare or deliver training? With the BLR®’s TrainingToday, your employees can start taking essential training courses the same day you sign up. Workers (and supervisors) train at their convenience, 24/7. We track, and you save with this turnkey solution. Yes, it really can be this simple. Learn more.

Three Delivery Platforms

TrainingToday offers you the option of three delivery platforms to meet your organization’s needs:


  • Unlimited training for your whole organization for one flat fee
  • Easy to start up and track trainee progress
  • Hundreds of courses available, from employment law compliance to sales excellence


The Enterprise includes all the features of the Professional version plus:

  • Track and report capability with built-in comprehensive Learning Management System
  • Train with courses as they are, or make them truly your own with our customization options
  • Upload your own content (PowerPoint, video, SCORM files, etc.) to the LMS in addition to using our comprehensive training courses


  • Integrate content into your existing LMS
  • Easy to tailor to your content, logo, presentation style, and corporate policies
  • SCORM-compliant to integrate with existing corporate learning systems

Here are just some of the many courses available at TrainingToday:

[Click here to download information on all courses and libraries.]


Over 75 HR and employment training courses covering such topics as Sexual Harassment, Diversity, and the ADA.


The Diversity library is an interactive training program with different modules for supervisors and employees. It features real-world scenarios and insightful commentary from a leading workplace expert and employment law attorney.

Preventing Sexual Harassment—National—NEW!

Until now, training has been a real challenge—there’s such a load of extraneous planning, preparing, and tracking involved. But we’ve got good news—BLR’s editors have developed a unique new program that’s done all that work for you.

It’s called TrainingToday. This turnkey service requires no setup, no course development time, no software installation, and no new hardware. Your employees can self-register, and training can be taken anytime (24/7), anywhere there is a PC and an Internet connection. Courses take only about 30 minutes to complete.

TrainingToday automatically documents training. As trainees sign on, their identifications are automatically registered. When the program is completed, the trainee’s score is entered. So, when you want to see who has been trained on any subject, or look at the across-the-board activity of any one employee, it’s all there, instantly available to you, your boss, an inspector—even a plaintiff’s attorney.

Course certificates can be automatically generated from within the training center and are automatically retained for recordkeeping purposes.

Unlimited Training That Won’t Bust the Budget

Best of all, in these budget-crunching times, TrainingToday costs only a fraction of what you would pay for a learning management system (LMS). You always know exactly what training will cost, no matter how many programs you use or how many times you use them. There’s just one low annual fee—for unlimited training—calculated by the size of your workforce. Budget once and you’re done!

These are all motivational, actionable courses—for both employees and supervisors—in such key areas as sexual harassment, FMLA, diversity, communication, USERRA, recruiting, and many more. The courses are kept up to date to reflect federal and state regulatory changes and, what’s more, BLR adds new programs continually.

TrainingToday also includes a selection of safety courses—you decide whether you want just the HR courses, the safety courses, or both HR and safety.

If it sounds as if we’re excited about this new service, well, we are—and so is the Software & Information Industry Association, which just voted TrainingToday (formerly the Employee Training Center) the “Best Workforce Training Solution.” Find out what all the buzz is about—sign up for a no-obligation trial to TrainingToday.

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