Navy veteran and Purdue University Fort Wayne employee Sean Ryan appears on Opportunity Knocks and talks about Hoosier Home Base, a new digital platform encouraging veterans to live and work in northeast Indiana.


Rapid Response Activated to Assist PendaForm Workers

January 31, 2017
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development and Northeast Indiana Works have activated the state's rapid response team to assist employees separated from PendaForm/Fabriform Inc. in Bluffton.

Seventy-five employees are expected to be impacted by the layoffs, scheduled to begin March 25.

The state’s rapid response team is activated when a significant layoff or plant closure occurs and pairs knowledgeable WorkOne staff with displaced employees to move them toward a plan for re-employment as soon as possible.

Industrial Maintenance Skill-Link Training Begins in Allen

January 17, 2017
Eight employees of five Allen County companies have begun Skill-Link industrial maintenance technician training at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast.

Participating companies include Creative Coatings Inc.; Ottenweller Co.; Nishikawa Cooper LLC; Latham Pool Products Inc.; and Tuthill Corp.

Skill-Link is a Northeast Indiana Works program that offers certification-based training throughout northeast Indiana tailored to employers’ specific skill needs. Employers select high-potential employees for the training, which enhances talent retention, career pathway development, and in many cases leads to promotions and pay increases. WorkOne Northeast assists employers in filling positions left open by the promotion of employees who complete Skill-Link training.

Instruction for the 25 weeks of Allen County training, which is free to participating employees, will be provided by Ivy Tech Community College Northeast.

Survey Will Assess Skill Needs, Internships Among Employers

December 12, 2016
Northeast Indiana Works and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership have joined to survey region employers about internship utilization across all industries and skill needs among the top-employing industries.
The survey, being carried out with assistance from the Community Research Institute at IPFW, will be used to enhance and develop regional workforce initiatives and programs, said Rick Farrant, director of communications for Northeast Indiana Works.
“We have a wealth of anecdotal and general information about internships and skill needs, but very little in the way of more comprehensive, region-specific, employer-provided data,” Farrant said. “This survey will be helpful in ensuring a robust regional economy through talent development and attraction.”

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Immigrants in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana accounted for 24.7 percent of overall population growth in the region from 2011 to 2016. While the total population grew by 2.2 percent, the immigrant population increased by 13.3 percent, according to a new report by New American Economy (NAE), in partnership with Welcoming Fort Wayne, the Associated Churches of Fort Wayne & Allen County and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. Read the full story here.

Initiative Aims to Create Brand for Attracting Talent to the Region

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership recently announced a new project to develop a strategic brand for the 11-county region to target and attract new residents and talent and is seeking community input as part of the process. The ultimate goal is to create a unified vision and road map for long-term initiatives, including an authentic brand, logo and tagline that resonates with skilled talent who want to call northeast Indiana home.  Read the full story here

State Jobless Rate Rises to 3.3 percent; Still Below National Rate

Indiana's unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.3 percent in June, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The labor force, meanwhile, increased by nearly 15,000 compared to figures released one month ago. Read the full story here

Master Spas Plans $15.3-Million Expansion; 107 New Jobs Coming

Fort Wayne hot tub manufacturer Masters Spas announces plans to invest $15.3 million to expand operations on the west side of the city and create up to 107 jobs within the next four years. Read the full story here.  

Editorial: Region's Employers Should Consider Underutilized Talent Pools

Employers should consider underutilized talent pools -- such as people with disabilities or people exiting incarceration -- as the area's unemployment rates continue to drop. Read the editorial here
The team at Northeast Indiana Works is first-rate! From a recruiting point of view, they have helped me conduct successful job fairs and post for both general and skilled positions.
Sheila Steller, HR Generalist, TI Automotive