Today, the Jay-Blackford Manufacturing Council was awarded $924,500 through the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Skill Up grant. The funding is targeted to create a lab for employer-driven training in the area of industrial repair and maintenance.
Industry partners include FCC-Indiana, Ft. Recovery Industries, Poet Bio Refining, Sonoco, TLS-By Design, Penville Custom Cabinets, Tyson Original, NPR, QEP, 3M, Petosky Plastics, STANLEY Engineered Fastening, and Tru-Form Steel & Wire. Other local manufacturers will join this effort as the program is implemented.
The funding will prepare individuals for careers in manufacturing by developing curriculum around the needed knowledge, skills and abilities identified by regional sector partnerships for employability, technical skills and creating work-and-learn opportunities for youth and adult learners leading to direct employment and improved wages. One goal is to enroll 500 incumbent workers in education and training activities with 450 (90%) retaining employment or advancing within their current industry.
The Skill UP Indiana! grant program was created to encourage development of sector-focused training and education programs for in-demand occupations at the regional level. Curriculum and training will be centered on necessary skills and competencies identified by local employers. The regional partnerships will also focus on employability skills (soft skills) instruction that can be utilized across all careers and work-and-learn opportunities for youth and adult learners.