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Northeast Indiana Works and all WorkOne Northeast career centers will be closed Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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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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I cannot explain enough how much Northeast Indiana Works’ Skill-Link classes in industrial maintenance have helped me in my career. They have allowed me to steadily grow in my career and I have now moved into the supervisory ranks. I intend to keep working hard and moving forward with Key Fasteners Corp.
Steven Brock McPeek