BrandSafway, a Georgia-based industrial and civil construction services business, is partnering with EmployBR, a city workforce development program, to train scaffold builders in Baton Rouge to meet customer demand in Louisiana over the next few years.

Residents complete a two-week entry-level scaffolding course at River Parish Community College in Gonzales as part of the partnership, which may be free for eligible residents. After some training, workers can earn between $14 and $17 per hour, according to BrandSafway. There are hundreds of construction jobs anticipated in the next few years across the state.

“This is an important step in our effort to train new workers to address anticipated shortages of thousands of skilled workers in Louisiana and other regions of the Gulf Coast," said Carlos Cano, director of craft labor talent with BrandSafway.

BrandSafway has worked with giants in the oil and gas industry such as ExxonMobil and Valero but also nuclear power plants and chemical manufacturers, according to its website.

Email Kristen Mosbrucker at kmosbrucker@theadvocate.com.