STATEHOUSE (Aug. 24, 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. Matt Lehman (R-Berne).
Lehman 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. Lehman 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.
“Many Hoosiers want to learn and gain new skills needed to obtain better-paying positions, but they are already working full time, paying bills and taking care of their families,” said Lehman, who supported legislation creating the grant. “With Workforce Ready Grants, these busy adults can benefit from having their costs of tuition covered, removing some of the financial hurdles that could be holding them back from acquiring the skills and training needed to secure a higher-salaried job.”
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.
Lehman 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.
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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