Lehman: Hoosier jobseekers should consider free job training, skilling-up amid COVID-19

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Thursday, May 28, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 28, 2020) – State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) encourages Hoosiers whose jobs were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to take advantage of tuition-free training grants offered through Indiana's Next Level Jobs program.

Established in 2017 through a law supported by Lehman, the program provides Workforce Ready Grants to help Indiana residents who have a high school diploma or equivalent but less than a college degree receive training in high-demand job fields. With more than 500,000 Hoosiers filing for unemployment since March, Lehman said these grants could help those who are laid off or furloughed to build on their skills and get a better paying job.

"The job market will fully reopen again and local businesses will be seeking a skilled labor force, so now is a great time to take advantage of free job training," Lehman said. "Regardless of your current situation, this is an opportunity to invest in your future and open doors to meaningful employment."

Hoosiers can visit NextLevelJobs.org to apply for training grants, which cover the cost of tuition and fees for working adults to earn a high-value certificate at Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. Job seekers can connect to local training and resources to find jobs in high-demand industries, including advanced manufacturing, building and construction, health and life sciences, IT and business services, and transportation and logistics.

Students interested in attending Ivy Tech have until June 8 to enroll in summer courses, with the summer session running through Aug. 1. Anyone interested in opportunities through Vincennes University can register for the second summer session through July 2. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all courses will be offered online.

Lehman said businesses in high-demand industries can apply for Employer Training Grants, which provide $5,000 for each employee who is trained, hired and retained for six months.

Hoosiers can learn more about eligibility requirements and apply for a Workforce Ready Grant or Employer Training Grant at NextLevelJobs.org. Anyone who needs help with the application process can call 317-715-9007 to speak one-on-one with a financial aid expert for free through INvestEd.

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State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) represents House District 79,
which includes all of Adams County and portions of Allen and Wells counties.
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