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

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Friday, August 18, 2017 1:36 pm

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 18, 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 Cherry (R-Greenfield). 

Cherry 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. Cherry 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.

“Hardworking Hoosiers play a vital role in our state’s economy,” said Cherry, who supported legislation creating the grant. “With more and more businesses calling Indiana home, we need to ensure that our workforce is ready and able to compete for highly sought-after positions. The Workforce Ready Grants can cover the cost of tuition for working adults, while still holding down a job and providing for their family.”

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. 

Cherry 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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Rep. Cherry represents House District 53,

which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.

A high-resolution photo of Cherry can be downloaded by clicking here.