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Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Coming to Huntington Co.

November 28, 2017
A free, three-week building trades pre-apprenticeship program is planned for January 15-February 2 at the Huntington County Community Learning Center, the Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council and Northeast Indiana Works announced.
 
The Building Futures initiative, a collaboration of numerous regional entities, will help enhance talent pipelines for construction trades occupations, which include laborers, carpenters, iron and sheet metal workers, plumbers, electricians, bricklayers, insulators, painters, plasterers and roofers. 

Building Futures accepts applicants 18 years old and older. People who are selected for the program must undergo a pre-assessment process that includes a drug screen. Participants will receive a $200-a-week stipend during the course of the program. People who complete the program can apply for a full learn-and-work apprenticeship or seek opportunities to enter the workforce.  Residents interested in Building Futures can visit neibt.org to sign up or call the building trades at 260-489-8574. Deadline for signing up is Dec. 18. 

TI Automotive Growing in Ashley; Seeks 60 More Workers

November 27, 2017
TI Automotive in Ashley is seeking 57 production workers, two material movers and a maintenance technician in response to business growth, new products and technology.

The production positions will be eight-hour first-, second- and third-shift jobs with paid lunch breaks and 25-cent shift premiums for the second and third shifts. Forklift experience is preferred for material movers, but not required. Those positions will be 8½-hour first- and second-shift jobs with an unpaid lunch break and a 25-cent shift premium for the second shift.

Starting pay for the production/material mover positions is $12.75 an hour, with an opportunity to earn $13.88 an hour after one year. Ideal candidates will have some manufacturing experience, but it is not required. A high school degree or the equivalent is not required.

All positions offer medical, dental, prescription, vision and vacation benefits, plus a 401k. Interested parties can fill out an application at TI Automotive, 507 H.L. Thompson Jr. Drive, Ashley, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Noble EDC, Partnership Surveying Rural Residents

November 2, 2017

The Noble County Economic Development Corporation in collaboration with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership are inviting rural community members to complete a survey about what it's like living and working in northeast Indiana's rural communities. 

Many transformative initiatives have been put into place to fulfill the goal of the Road to One Million and grow our regional population to one million residents by 2030. The Rural Talent Survey is the beginning of another initiative with the same goal, but it is specifically focused on the rural parts of our region. Once the survey results are tabulated, the information will be used to develop a strategic marketing plan for talent attraction unique to rural areas.

The deadline to complete the survey is December 15.  You can access the survey here.


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