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WorkOne Northeast offers FREE workshops and training on everything from basic computers to finding a job at all of our career centers throughout northeast Indiana. Follow the link for the location nearest you.
WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT - YOUTH REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP)
Northeast Indiana Works is seeking proposals from organizations interested in providing Workforce Investment Act-funded skill development and employment preparation services to eligible youth 14-21 years old. Click here for the Youth RFP and Attachment B. Email Karen Green at KGreen@NEINworks.org for the Excel version of Attachments A Budget template. Deadline for proposals is March 28, 2014.
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WORKERS AT NAVISTAR TRUCK DEVELOPMENT ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
INDIANAPOLIS – 12.4.13 - The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today announced a ruling by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that all workers of Navistar Truck and Development & Technology Center, including on-site leased workers from Populus Group, Technical Training, Inc., PPP Careers, Otek Professional Services, Staffmark, Inc., and Mid-States Technical from Fort Wayne are eligible to receive services under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program.
The TAA program is made available to workers who are displaced due to foreign imports or shifts in production out of the country.
The federal ruling was issued on November 21, 2013 and applies to workers totally or partially separated from employment on or after October 21, 2013 through two years from the date of certification and all workers in the group threatened with total or partial separation from employment on date of certification through two years from the date of certification. The workers' firm is engaged in activities related to the supply of engineering services in support of Navistar's production of truck and part manufacturing facilities.
The TAA program provides benefits to help unemployed workers prepare for and obtain suitable employment. They may be eligible for a variety of re-employment services, job search and relocation allowances and training. In addition, weekly trade re-adjustment allowances may be payable to eligible workers following the exhaustion of unemployment insurance benefits.
If DOL finds that a significant number of workers at the company age 50 or over possess skills that are not easily transferable and that competitive conditions within the industry are adverse, the workers may be eligible for Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA). If the company is certified, older workers may choose between regular TAA benefits or a wage subsidy of 50 percent of the difference between their new salary and old salary, up to $10,000. The determination will be made in the coming weeks and will be posted online at www.doleta.gov/tradeact/taa/taa_search.cfm. Enter the certification number TA-W-83,149.
Eligible workers may obtain information at their local WorkOne Northeast career center.
Regional Effort Launches to Attract & Retain Talent
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Today the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership announced the launch of a new strategy to attract and retain talent in the region. A press conference was held this morning at Joseph Decuis in Roanoke, Indiana, where representatives from local businesses, chambers of commerce, economic development groups and more gathered to preview a new website---www.YourStoryMadeHere.com---as well as to view one of the videos that will be housed on the new website, all showcasing Northeast Indiana's great quality of life.
YourStoryMadeHere.com is a video-driven website at the center of an economic development strategy to grow talent in the region. The website will be supplemented with TV spots and Facebook ads to further promote quality of life in the region and an iBook is also in development to provide an additional resource for human resource professionals and others recruiting talent to the region.
"The goal of this strategy is two pronged," said Courtney Tritch, director of marketing at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. "We wanted to create a central, regional hub that showcases the impressive and diverse assets in the region that can be used to attract talented people to live in Northeast Indiana. We also wanted to create awareness within the region of the amazing assets we have in an effort to retain young professionals in particular. This region has much to offer and now we have a website that shows you exactly why living in Northeast Indiana is a great idea."
YourStoryMadeHere.com is built to share via multiple social media channels and it offers a variety of resources:
• Over a dozen cinematic videos highlighting Northeast Indiana's incredible quality of life
• A cost of living calculator shows why living in Northeast Indiana makes dollars and "sense"
• Links to individual county contacts for relocation information and more
• Ability with one click to share a page or video via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and more
"It's an honor to participate in the Made Here Communication Campaign," Pete Eshelman, CEO of Joseph Decuis said. "The YourStoryMadeHere.com website is a valuable resource for our region. This type of quality marketing tool can assist businesses large and small with their talent attraction efforts on a national scale. It makes me proud to live in Northeast Indiana, and I think this type of pride will grow as more and more people discover this resource."
Growing talent in Northeast Indiana has been growing in regional importance over the past few years with the implementation of the Talent Initiative. And at the end of 2011, the Regional Opportunities Council, through Vision 2020, adopted a mission for the region to develop, attract and retain talent. While much is being done to develop talent across the region, this is the first concentrated effort on a regional scale to focus on attracting and retaining talent in Northeast Indiana.
"To become a demand-driven region and continue to increase our talent pipeline, we must listen to the needs of our businesses and provide them with resources they need to both attract top level talent and retain young professionals," said John Sampson, president and CEO of the Regional Partnership. "Made Here means exactly that. It's Your Story-Made Here. We want to help people discover their own stories right here in Northeast Indiana."
What does Made Here mean to you? Discover Your Story Made Here to see for yourself.
Free Online Training for Hoosiers
INDIANAPOLIS – The Department of Workforce Development is offering free online training through WorkOne to help Hoosiers build the skills necessary to get the job they want. The courses allow participants to improve their job knowledge and expertise through online classes that can lead to a National Career Readiness Certificate, a credential documenting an individual’s ability to succeed in the workplace.
The online training courses use Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN) career readiness courseware, designed to help anyone update their skills. WIN online training is also available at no cost to employers who want to update their employees’ knowledge and abilities. Businesses may be eligible for additional services including WorkKeys assessments that can help with soft skills such as teamwork and timeliness.
The first component is preparing a job profile that determines the skill level needed for specific jobs or occupational skills. Once a career area of focus is established, WIN career readiness courseware will determine any possible skills gaps and provide instruction in many topics including applied mathematics, reading for information, teamwork and applied technology to help bridge educational voids. After a participant masters job skill concepts using WIN, he or she may take assessments known as WorkKeys, which measures the skill level attained. Upon completion and passage of the WorkKeys assessments, the individual may receive a National Career Readiness Certificate documenting their achievement.
WIN online training courses are free and open to all Hoosiers. Prospective applicants can register online at www.in.gov/dwd/2710.htm, or at a local WorkOne. Once enrolled, participants can take courses from any computer with Internet access. Computer access is available at every WorkOne. A full list of WorkOne locations can be found online at www.WorkOneWorks.com.