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Indiana is Skilling UP

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

With one million job openings projected over the next decade, Indiana is acting now to ensure a continued pipeline of skilled workers to meet employers’ requirements. Announced late last year, over $11 million was available from the state in the form of Skill UP Indiana! grants. Governor Pence said that these grants are one aspect of a broader state strategy to “put Indiana on track to be a global engine of commerce, ingenuity, investment and economic development.

In particular, the Skill UP Indiana! were created to encourage sector-based strategies, focusing on target sectors and industries to identify in-demand jobs and train up workers to match. Employer participation and leadership was a requirement as well, along with private-sector matching of at least 25 percent of the requested funding.

Thirteen recipients received funding, five of which are located in or operate in northern Indiana:

  • Conexus Indiana
    • Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
    • Target: Adult learners
    • Program snapshot: Funding will help scale and expand Goodwill Works, a program created through the support of an innovative curriculum grant, which provides education and training to individuals throughout Central Indiana to gain the skills and credentials that make it possible for them to achieve gainful employment and become economically self-sufficient, while also meeting the demand of local businesses for highly employable and skilled workers.
  • Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
    • Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Construction & Skilled Trades
    • Target: K-12, adult learners and incumbent workers
    • Program snapshot: Plans to develop and deploy curricula around key manufacturing and skilled trades-related CTE programs to ensure their ability to produce graduates with the skills and experiences needed by employers in key manufacturing and skilled trades disciplines, including welding, CNC machining, industrial maintenance and HVAC/plumbing.
  • Northwest Indiana Manufacturing Consortium
    • Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
    • Program snapshot: Prepare individuals for jobs in manufacturing by developing curriculum around the needed knowledge, skills, and abilities identified by regional sector partnerships, for employability, technical skills and creating work-and-learn opportunities for youth and adult learners.
  • Region 4 Skill UP Alliance
    • Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
    • Target: K-12, specifically high school students, adult learners
    • Program snapshot: Provide a ‘work and learn’ career pathway model focused on the immediate and future hiring needs in the region by way of the training pathway, which will be a blend of four weeks of occupational classroom training with hands-on simulations and five weeks of work-based learning experiences leading to full-time advanced manufacturing employment.
  • Region 2 Welders Skill Up Consortium
    • Sector: RV Manufacturing and Welding
    • Target: K-12, incumbent workforce and adult learners (specifically veterans)
    • Program snapshot: Develop a post-secondary pathway for recent high school graduates the incumbent workforce and military veterans, which incorporates work-based learning, hands-on training and industry-recognized credentials to secure a solid career in manufacturing.

Read more about the grants and all of the recipients at: www.in.gov/dwd/skillup.htm.

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