Industrial Readiness Training Program

Producing a highly-skilled, manufacturing/industrial workforce for the Shreveport/Bossier area.

The Industrial Readiness Training program was developed in partnership with the local Workforce Investment Boards, business, industry, and government leaders, to provide relevant skills training, both soft and technical, in Northwest Louisiana. Our vision is to develop a highly-skilled manufacturing and industrial maintenance workforce to meet immediate employer requirements and to attract new industry to the Greater Shreveport/ Bossier City area. Our target population is primarily unemployed and underemployed residents.

The Industrial Readiness Program consists of 6 major components and is a 49-hour, 12-day program 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Monday-Friday:

Training for Hire

  • To participate, employers place a job order with the Louisiana Workforce Commission. The LWC screens, interviews and recommends at least 20 applicants for the Industrial Readiness Training Program and covers the cost of the training.
  • Employer actively participates in classroom setting to select successful graduates for hire.

WorkKeys® Pre-Test

  • Tests job-related knowledge and abilities that can be used to identify readiness for specific jobs (Reading, Math, locating information i.e. reading charts, etc.)
  • Career Readiness Certificate: Bronze, Silver or Gold

Mechanical Aptitude pre Assessment

  • Tests mechanical aptitude, or the ability to “figure it out”, not necessarily experience.


  • An online, self-paced training program designed to enhance a person’s job readiness knowledge and skills covered in the WorkKeys® tests.
  • Used by individuals to improve WorkKeys® scores.

Industrial Readiness Training

  • Climate and Culture
  • Communication (appropriate business and interpersonal communication)
  • Team Building
  • Technical Math – applied math
  • Lean and Waste Management
  • Basic Machines

Post Tests

  • WorkKeys®
  • Mechanical Aptitude

Follow-up Data Collection

  • Interviews
  • Job Offers, Retention at 30, 90 and 180 days