[r75] BLT: Local training programs help job-seekers gain skills (6/15/2012)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Start Date: 6/15/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 6/15/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM

Two weeks ago, I discussed how local companies have jobs available for those with qualifying skills sets. Unemployment numbers are decreasing across the state and in our communities, and we are taking steps here locally to continue that trend. In meetings, local officials and I have had with business leaders, we have discussed many ideas and plans to help get more Hoosiers back to work.

There are several programs already in existence to help get Hoosiers working.  The first is the Skills Training for Employers Program (STEP), a joint program of WorkOne Southwest, Tri-State Manufacturers Alliance (TSMA), Vincennes University, University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College. This is an employer driven training program that consists of four weeks, eight hours a day, of classroom training for individuals to provide them with the skills local employers demand. The courses include an overview in manufacturing processes and practices, teamwork and communication skills.

Best of all, individuals that satisfactorily complete the training are guaranteed an interview with participating TSMA employers upon completion of the course.

All participants in STEP will complete a basic education assessment, National Career Readiness assessments, and must be able to pass a drug screen. Individuals interested in this training should visit either the WorkOne Southwest office at 700 E. Walnut St., Evansville, Ind. or the office at 112 N. Prince St., Princeton, Ind. to speak with an employment specialist and learn more about this excellent opportunity. Additional contact information can also be found on www.workonesouthwest.com.

As I also mentioned in my last column, there are many local job opportunities in healthcare. Healthcare is among the top five industries in our region. As an entry-level position, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) provide daily care to patients. WorkOne Southwest offers classes leading to the CNA certification. These three week classes, combining classroom and clinical instruction, will prepare you for the CNA exam.

If you’re interested in pursuing a position as a CNA, ask to speak to a training specialist at WorkOne Southwest. They can determine eligibility for tuition, at no cost to you. The WorkOne training specialists can also guide you through the application process, provide support during training and assist you with job placement.

These are just two examples of the excellent opportunities local Hoosiers have to gain skills in industries that are consistently growing.

In recent meetings I’ve had locally, I’ve met with officials both from local universities and large businesses. They have ideas that could help provide business training to encourage entrepreneurship in varying fields, from professional transport services to healthcare. Gaining the knowledge of how to run one’s own business could greatly benefit these industries and I look forward to these ideas progressing.

If you have any questions about local training programs, please contact WorkOne Southwest, or contact me at 317-232-9674 or by email at H75@in.gov. Thank you for your continued support, and I will continue to work to make government work better for all Hoosiers.

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Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler)

Bacon's Legislative Thoughts, Local training programs help job-seekers gain skills, 6-15-12.docx