Gov. Holcomb Pitching Next Level Jobs Program

(Indiana Statehouse Newsroom) - The state of Indiana is setting aside $20 million to help Hoosiers find work in high-demand jobs.

Republican Governor Eric Holcomb is going around the state this week to talk about the Next Level Jobs grant program.

You may not think many Hoosier companies are looking for workers since the state's unemployment rate is at 3%, the lowest in nearly 20 years.

However, the state says nearly 95,000 jobs remain open across Indiana.

About half of those are in sectors the state deems in high demand.

Advanced manufacturing, transportation, construction, health, and tech are areas state leaders say could spur future employment.

They're jobs that require specific skills, but the problem is that many people don't have the necessary training to get these jobs.

The Next Level Jobs program, a $10 million grant program, could allow Hoosiers to enroll for free at Ivy Tech or Vincennes University to get a certificate in those targeted areas of growth.

Those usually take a year to complete.

The state is enticing employers in these sectors too. Another $10 million grant program can cover costs these companies take on to train new hires.

With so many job openings, transportation company Great Dane Trailers says it can struggle getting products to customers on time.

Now, there's hope for more hires and better service.

The grants are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can apply now. The grants are available for up to two years, but state leaders said they think it could run dry much quicker than that.

(This story was originally published on August 14, 2017)


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