Ready to Work/Skill UP!/America's Promise Job Driven Grant

Ready to Work

The Region 4 Workforce Board received a $7.6 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) for advanced manufacturing training and work-based learning activities for those who have experienced a period of long-term unemployment. The H-1B Ready to Work Partnership Grant will support RAMP (Rapid Reemployment for Advanced Manufacturing Positions). This program provides participants with career coaching, certifications in advanced manufacturing skills, internships, on-the-job training and job placement. The grant funds help us reach out to a unique worker population and equip another source of underutilized talent for manufacturing employers to consider. The grant is a collaborative effort, with employer partners SIA, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Wabash National, and Kirby Risk and education/training partners Purdue Polytechnic-Lafayette, Ivy Tech Community Colleges (Lafayette and Kokomo).

Ready to Work grant is an initiative of the West Central Indiana Region 4 Workforce Board. Region 4 Workforce Board is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the programs and services offered. This project is funded 100% with a grant from the U.S. department of Labor.

SKILL UP! Indiana

Employer driven training designed to train individuals in the skills needed by advance manufacturers throughout the region.  The training consist of 1 week of employability skills, 4 weeks of occupational skill that lead to a credential and a 5 week paid internship.  Upon successful completion of the program the goal would be that a job offers is made by the employer participating in the internship.  Currently 100% of those individuals completing the program have been offered employment.

The program was made possible by funding provided by the State of Indiana in the amount of $2.1 million to assist in providing training for individuals seeking employment in advanced manufacturing.   Additionally, regional employers provided matching funds in the amount of $765,000.

America's Promise Job Driven Grant

Employer driven training designed to train individuals in the skills needed by advanced manufacturers throughout the region. America's Promise Job Driven Grant is nearly $6 million in federal job training that was awarded to the Region 4 Workforce Board, headquartered in Lafayette and serving Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Miami, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren and White counties.

The grant - the only one awarded in Indiana - will serve 1,124 workers over the four-year period from Jan. 11, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2020. The training consists of one week of employability skills; four weeks of hands-on, advanced manufacturing training that leads to a credential; and a five-week paid internship. Upon successful completion of the program, the goal would be that a job offer is made by the employer participating in the internship. The grant also includes funding to reimburse employers for incumbent worker and apprenticeship training.

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