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Building Trades Training Program Announced

February 23, 2017
The Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council and Northeast Indiana Works have unveiled a free, three-week pre-apprenticeship program that will help enhance talent pipelines for construction trades occupations.
 
The Building Futures initiative, a collaboration of numerous regional entities, will debut April 10 in Allen County and eventually be offered to residents in other northeast Indiana counties.
 
 “Building Futures is precisely the kind of program we need to ensure that the building trades have a talented, diverse workforce to meet the current and future needs of our region’s growing economy,” said Darryl Esterline, president of the Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council. “We are thrilled that so many exceptional partners have stepped forward to assist us in this effort.”
 
Among the partners: Northeast Indiana Works, which helped facilitate strategic planning and secured significant funding for the program through a $670,000 Skill UP Indiana! grant for the pre-apprenticeship program and a separate insurance industry initiative; Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, which is the chief training provider for Building Futures; WorkOne Northeast, which will assist with participant assessments; the Fort Wayne Urban League and the Indiana Plan, which along with Ivy Tech, will provide instruction; the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, City of Fort Wayne and the Questa Educational Foundation, which have provided additional financial assistance; and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, which secured $100,000 provided by Chase. 

Seminar Helps Veterans Transition to Civilian Jobs

February 2, 2017
Operation: Job Ready Veterans will conduct a free four-day seminar Feb. 20-23 at the WorkOne Northeast career center in Allen County to assist military veterans in transitioning to the civilian workforce.
 
The sessions, which are also open to eligible spouses of veterans, members of the Indiana National Guard or Reserve, spouses of Guard or Reserve members and military caregivers, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Lunch will be provided.
 
Among the eligibility requirements: participating veterans must have received a discharge other than dishonorable. To register, call Manny Gonzalez at the Allen County WorkOne Northeast career center in Fort Wayne at 260-446-3970; email him at mgonzalez@workonene.org; or visit the center at 201 E. Rudisill Blvd.
 

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.


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State unemployment rate stays at 3.5%; remains below national rate

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DWD Receives National Award for virtual job fair for inmates

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"Make It Your Own" Debuts as New Brand for Region Talent Attraction

“Make It Your Own” is northeast Indiana’s new brand to attract talent ages 21–45 to live and work in the 11-county region. Unveiled by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and developed through a six-month process guided by focus groups and perception surveys, Make It Your Own is designed for businesses to use in their talent recruitment efforts. Read the full story here.

Mentoring Program Will Help Boost Talent Development, Attraction

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Diverse Talent Strategies have partnered to create a new Engage Mentoring program for local employers. The program seeks to connect northeast Indiana students with professionals in the business community while helping employers attract, retain and develop talent. Read the full story here.

Food/Agriculture Sector Seen as Economic/Workforce Catalyst

Beth Bechdol, whose family has been farming between Auburn and Garrett for seven generations and today tends to 2,500 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat, sees a shining star on the horizon for the northeast Indiana economy. That glitter of promise, she says, is the food and agriculture sector. Read the full story here. Read a food and agriculture study 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