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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.”

Region Awarded $670,148 Grant for Trades, Insurance Training

October 21, 2016
Northeast Indiana has been awarded a $670,148 Skill UP Indiana! grant to support training programs in the skilled trades and insurance industries.
 
Northeast Indiana Works and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership collaborated to develop the scope of the initiatives. Key industry partners in the initiatives are the Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council, a group of 18 trades organizations, and Northeast Indiana Specialty Insurers, a group of seven insurers.
 
Counting matching funds and in-kind contributions, the investment in the programs will total $994,148. One of the significant matching contributions to the skilled trades initiative is $100,000 from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.  
 
“These initiatives will help fill talent pipelines for two growing, relatively high-wage industry sectors,” said Gary Gatman, executive vice president of strategic initiatives for Northeast Indiana Works. “This is a critical evolution of successful career pathway work that has already been completed in northeast Indiana.”

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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.
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