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

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Monday, August 21, 2017 1:10 pm

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 21, 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. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie).

Pressel 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. Pressel 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.

“It’s important that Indiana’s workforce is prepared to compete for these high-demand positions,” said Pressel, who supported legislation creating the grant. “These grants can help Hoosiers receive the necessary training to fill the growing number of job openings throughout the state that require training beyond high school.”

According to the Department of Workforce Development, 1 million job openings are expected by 2025 and, of those, about 400,000 are 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.

Pressel 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. Jim Pressel represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.

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