Behning: Next Level Jobs initiative helps Hoosier job seekers, employers

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, August 17, 2017 1:09 pm

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 17, 2017) – Hoosier job seekers now have access to new resources to find better-paying jobs thanks to the recently launched Next Level Jobs initiative, according to State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis).

Behning said while Indiana’s unemployment rate is near record low, employers in high-need, high-wage fields are searching for qualified workers. To meet immediate and future workforce demands, Gov. Eric Holcomb recently launched the Next Level Jobs initiative, which includes nextleveljobs.org and two new grant programs.

The website connects job seekers with local training and resources to find jobs in high-demand industries. Behning said while a two- or four-year degree isn’t for everyone, Workforce Ready Grants cover the costs of tuition for working adults earning a high-value certificate at Ivy Tech or Vincennes University. 

“In order to keep attracting high-wage jobs, we need to continue growing and advancing our current workforce,” said Behning, who supported legislation creating the grant. “As more and more job positions require training beyond high school, we are taking a hard look at how Indiana can remove roadblocks for job seekers. The Workforce Ready Grant, which can cover the costs of tuition for working adults, is a significant step in providing Hoosiers the opportunity to develop the skills needed to be successful in today’s ever-changing job market.”

According to the Department of Workforce Development, 1 million job openings are expected in Indiana by 2025 and, of those, about 400,000 will be in high-wage, high-need fields. These industries include advanced manufacturing, agriculture, building and construction, health and life sciences, IT and business services, and transportation and logistics.

To help employers in these industries train and retain workers, the new Employer Training Grant will provide up to $2,500 per new employee to qualifying companies.

Behning said over the next two years, these grant programs will provide roughly $20 million to help Hoosier workers and employers meet workforce demands. 

Information and applications for both grants can be found online at nextleveljobs.org.

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,

which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

 

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