Workforce Training Grant & Support
What is Rapid Recovery for a Better Future?
As described in a press release issued by the Governor's Workforce Cabinet in Indiana, Rapid Recovery for a Better Future is "centered on meeting individual needs by providing comprehensive support for Hoosiers to secure a job, assess and grow their skills, and get the support they need to get back on their feet. The people-focused initiative combines the leadership of the Governor's Workforce Cabinet, employers, education and training providers, policymakers, and state and local partners to provide a pathway to a better future for every Hoosier. Expanded funding includes the Workforce Training Grant, which matches employer investments in training employees. The initiative also includes individual Workforce Ready initiatives.
Who is funding this initiative?
Federal funding, through the CARES Act has invested $50 million into the initiative. Funds will be used to scale up short-term education and training opportunities through the Workforce Ready Grant and the Employer Training Grant. Funding will also be used to expand career coaching and navigation for those who need help figuring out their next steps.
Who is managing this initiative?
The initiative is working under the leadership of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet. Partners in implementation in Noble County include Northeast Indiana Works, Noble County Economic Development Corporation, Freedom Academy, and Ivy Tech.
What opportunities are available for employers?
Strategies within the Rapid Recovery initiative include highlighting the Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant to access free training for high-demand industries. CARES funding is reportedly:
1. Increasing the funding cap per employer from $50,000 to $100,000
2. Reimbursing training costs of up to $5,000 for each newly trained employee and $1,000 pe paid student intern.
3. Not requiring a 6-month employee retention.
What kinds of skills / jobs are eligible for training reimbursement?
Training must take place over more than 40 hours and cover skills for "in-demand" jobs within six business sectors:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Building & Construction
- Health Sciences
- IT & Business Services
- Transportation & Logistics
HR training and job shadowing are not included/covered. Various middle-skill, high-demand and high-wage jobs are included.
What does the grant cover?
- Training costs up to $5,000 per each newly trained employee
- Training costs up to $1,000 per each paid student intern
What is the timeline?
In order to qualify for the Employer Training Grant, training will likely need to started prior to December 31, 2020 and companies can expect to have to submit invoices for reimbursement by November 30, 2020.
Given the short timeline, the Noble County EDC has scheduled "Preparing Noble County's Rapid Recovery" Facebook Live broadcast on Tuesday, July 7 at 10:00 a.m. Kim Tempel, Northeast Indiana Works, will join us live to share the latest information and provide recommendations on how employers can prepare to take advantage of Rapid Recovery for a Better Future. We will also aid employers in setting up appointments to take "next steps".
What opportunities are available for individuals/job seekers?
YourNextStepIn.org is a website that connects individuals with one-on-one support to:
- Find a new job
- Explore new careers
- Get career advice
- Explore financial support and eligibiliy for those who left college without a degree to return and finish
- Find a college or university that is a good fit for you
- Find tuition-free, short-term training available to earn a certificate for high-demand jobs
- Access online classes
- Connect with your local WorkOne for one-on-one consultations
- Discover how you can complete your high school education
- Explore all options to figure out your "next step"
- Additional links to other resources including unemployment, childcare, healthcare and more
In addition, Indiana's Workforce Ready Grant has been expanded through Rapid Recovery to add more qualifying programs including CDL and CNA and doubled the funding per person from $5,000 to $10,000. Individuals must have a high school diploma or equivelant to participate. Participants may now also have a college degree and still qualify under Rapid Recovery's expansion of eligibility. Find more information at https://www.in.gov/che/4773.htm.
Where can I get more information?
We caution those reviewing information currently published on the NextLevel Jobs website, when last checked by Northeast Indiana Works, did not yet reflect the changes coming with the Rapid Recovery initiative. However, the process of applying for a Workforce Ready Grant is not expected to change much so the process-related information available there may be helpful. Kim Tempel, Northeast Indiana Works, provided an overview via Facebook Live on July 7. See that video at the top of this page. Her slides are also available here. Please submit any additional question(s) using the link to form below.