Northeast Indiana receives training programs grant

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Northeast Indiana has been awarded a $670,148 Skill UP Indiana! grant to support training programs in the skilled trade and insurance industries.

The skilled trades initiatives will develop a pre-apprenticeship program that will serve as a springboard to paid apprenticeship programs. The program will include classes in technical skills (such as workplace safety, trade-related math and hands-on experience) and employability skills (such as teamwork, problem-solving and communication). It is anticipated that the classes will serve 120 adults across the region with a focus on ensuring a diverse group of participants, according to a press release from Northeast Indiana Works.

“Trades across the region are experiencing significant difficulty in finding quality workers, especially diverse talent,” Darryl Esterline, head of Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 and president of the region’s trades council. “A regional feeder system that prepares people for careers in the trades is precisely what northeast Indiana needs.”

The insurance sector initiative will offer classes in insurance-specific information in technology leading to the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials. It is anticipated the classes will serve 24 people already employed in the insurance industry, according to the press release.

Northeast Indiana Works and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership collaborated to develop the scope of the initiatives.

For more information, visit Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.