As Indiana enjoys record low levels of unemployment, trained workers have become a scarce commodity. While there is no ‘hidden’ workforce, there are potential MVP employees on the sidelines because they haven’t completed high school, are a few hours shy of completing a college degree or certificate, or just haven’t been able to actualize their full potential because ‘life got in the way.’ Additionally, today’s students have limited awareness of how technology has changed many career fields limiting their insight for training needs and access to careers in great businesses across Indiana.
Blair Milo, Secretary of Career Connections and Talent, has been searching out company best practices, State of Indiana programs, and financial resources that companies and communities can use to mobilize the sidelined and under-utilized workers. In this 90-minute, interactive workshop Secretary Milo discusses how to best utilize the newly established Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship and highlights statistics about Indiana’s underutilized workforce; connects attendees to practical, company best practices for any size business, as well as state and national resources that can provide financial assistance. These resources and best practices will help businesses attract, retain and develop talent serving Hoosier students, workers and businesses now and as industry evolves.
Local economic developers will learn about tools they can share with local companies during BR&E visits, or, they should bring local company representatives to learn first-hand about these tools and resources.