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Workforce Development to offer program helping Hoosier businesses to 'skill up'

From reports

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is offering grant funding for Hoosier businesses that become partners with the Skill UP Indiana Program. The goal of the program is to help partnered employers fill high-wage, skill-specific positions through education, training and certification for potential employees.
Department of Workforce Development data indicates that 1 million-plus jobs across the state will need to be filled over the next decade. Thousands of these jobs, spanning more than 100 occupations, are projected to require some type of certificate or certification in addition to a high school diploma.
To help fill these positions, partnered businesses become a part of the Innovation Network, which brings together multiple employers from a single industry along with educators, economic and workforce development groups and community organizations to develop workers for that industry. These partnerships work to provide training programs to meet employer needs, provide easily-accessible training programs, establish shared resources, and establish internships, apprenticeships and other forms of stackable training.
Over a two-year period, a pool of $20 million will be made available to support the partnerships. The Skill UP Indiana program is a great opportunity for our community and I encourage businesses throughout the state to take advantage of the program and become a partner.
The deadline to apply for the program is July 14. More information about Skill UP Indiana, including program guidelines and the grant application form, can be found at http://www.in.gov/dwd/skillup.


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