EMPLOYERS ARE CENTRAL TO MUCH OF DAILY ACTIVITIES BY WORKONE NORTHERN INDIANA'S STAFF MEMBERS; COLLABORATION RISING
mployers in Northern Indiana factor into most WorkOne actions, decisions and programs, either directly or secondarily. Members of WorkOne's Business Services Team, for instance, invest the vast bulk of their time communicating with employers or accomplishing projects aiming to boost candidates who seek to fulfill the needs of Region 2 employers.
REGION 2 SECTORS FOR
CAREER PATHWAYS LEADING TO
HIGH-WAGE, HIGH-DEMAND JOBS
as determined by
the Northern Indiana Workforce Board
|TRANSPORTATION and WAREHOUSING, including LOGISTICS.|
| PROFESSIONAL and TECHNOLOGY
Moreover, WorkOne's staff members from other core teams Welcome, Skills/ Training, Workshop, and Employment are mind- ful of the needs of local employers when providing services to individual clients including: ● counseling; ● skills assessment; ● career planning; ● job coaching; ● training in both technical- and soft-skills; and ● networking.
Through internal discussions only, Business Services Team members regularly pass along information from employers to WorkOne colleagues about what types of technical- and soft-skills are important in Region 2 workplaces, thus providing generalized yet potent information for counseling and training sessions. This information is generalized when presented in workshops and coaching to individual job seekers; in other words, specific employers are not named but detailed skills are described in light of why employers need them and how individuals can acquire and strengthen them.
Furthermore, employers are at the heart of two major, relatively new WorkOne initiatives: ● "Career Pathways Leading to High-Wage, High-Demand Jobs;" and
● reinvigoration under the federal 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which became effective in July 2015 to govern nearly 3,000 Ameri- can Job Centers nationwide, including WorkOne Region 2.
In the career pathways program, the members of the Northern Indiana Workforce Board analyzed much Labor Market Information (LMI) and other data, as well as conducting consultations, to deter- mine the Region 2 sectors that are high-wage and high-demand indus-tries in north-central Indiana. See chart above.
In addition, WorkOne is accel- erating its effort to collaborate with employers in Northern Indiana in significant ways in light of WIOA mandates and suggestions. Among the law's requirements is a "partners consortium" whose purpose is to bring together various stakeholders such as workforce development, eco- nomic development, government, K-12 as well as post-secondary edu- cation, nonprofit social ser- vices, businesses and others so that both goals and measures based on the local economy can be structured and implemented.
In this light, the "Region 2 WIOA Partners Consortium" is inviting Northern Indiana employers to participate in order to guide and direct skills training that will be offered in the region.