Innovation Network / Skill UP ROUND 3


  • Click here for the Skill UP 3 Guidelines, Budget Form and Outcomes Worksheet.
  • Click here to watch the 10/10 Skill UP 3 Applicant Webinar.
  • Click here for a map of all Skill UP 3 applicants.
    • Click here for a list of all Skill UP 3 applicants.
  • Click here for a list of Talent Supply Chain Feedback Sessions.
  • Click here for the Skill UP Round 3 Webinar Presentation.

For more information regarding Skill UP, reach out to Charles "Ricky" Reeves at (



Over the next decade Indiana will need to fill more than 1 million jobs. Of those million jobs, more than a third will be new or growth occupations within the state. As the nature of work continues to change at an accelerated pace, the workforce will need new skills to meet the challenge at all levels of education. It is estimated that nearly 30,000 job openings per year will require an industry-recognized certificate/certification in addition to a high school diploma. Approximately 13,500 certificates are earned annually in Indiana in either high school or post-secondary, but only 9,200 of these certificates are in high-demand, high-wage (HDHW) fields. DWD has identified more than 100 occupations which align with many of these opportunities.

Building on this, DWD is offering Skill Up grant funding during the next biennium to support Innovation Networks. Innovation Networks are centered around employers, educators, economic and workforce development partners, as well as other critical community partners in order to skill up students, adults, and incumbent workers within a regional labor market. Innovation Networks improve alignment of future (projected) employer demand and current and future workforce (talent) supply. These networks are data driven, focusing on the 109 In Demand Occupations outlined on Indiana’s Regional Labor Market Dashboard, or possible emerging occupations applicable to the area, and focus on designing effective strategies to ensure that Indiana communities have a strong talent pipeline.


Create a series of Innovation Networks throughout Indiana driven by the needs of employers. Innovation networks are partnerships among local employers, educators, community organizations, workforce and economic development partners, and others all working in collaboration to align community education resources (K-12, career and technical education, adult education, higher education, and incumbent worker training programs) with the skill and talent needs of the area’s industries. These include education and training providers committed to leveraging shared resources, teaching against the same set of skills and competencies, and serving all Hoosiers (including secondary students, post-secondary students, adult education students, and incumbent workers), while avoiding duplication of efforts and fostering collaboration around this work.

Guidelines, Resources & FAQs

  • Click here to access customizable data for the 109 occupations.

To view only the 109 occupations data, uncheck (“Non Middle Skills Occupations”) below the graphic.

To customize data, download the Excel file at the bottom of the screen and follow the Instructions page.

Click here for Round 1 and Round 2 information.


July 14th: Letter of Intent submission deadline

Applicants only need to define potential geography, partners and industries

  • Click here for more information about the Planning Phase Application and submission.
  • Click here for the Planning Phase Application form.

July to August: Network Partnership Development

Applicants formalize partnerships with community leaders and industry partners. Applicants form employer groups organized around industry/sector to inform and manage the talent development pipeline around a shared need.

August to September: Employer Demand Planning

DWD teams will work with your industry groups to validate the following: labor market projections, occupational demand, skill requirements and expected educational outcomes.

October to November: Develop Outcome-Driven Solutions to address Employer Needs

Outcomes can be targeted to multiple areas along the talent development pipeline. Outcomes leading to direct employment, increased retention, or increased skills and wages for incumbent workers will be given preference over those leading to career awareness and exploration.

December 15, 2017: Final Proposal Deadline

Applicants must submit a final proposal. Grantees will be announced and grant-funded activities will begin in January 2018. Successful applicants will create industry-focused solutions based on information received and lessons learned during the planning process.

July 5, 2017 Release of Full Grant Guidelines
July 7, 2017 Informational Webinar
July 14, 2017 Planning Phase Application Submission Deadline
July 2017 - August 2017 Network Partnership Development
August 2017 - September 2017 Employer Demand Planning
October 2017 - November 2017 Develop Outcome-Driven Solutions to address Employer Needs
December 15, 2017 Final Proposals Due
January 2018 Award Announcements

For more information regarding Skill UP, reach out to Charles “Ricky” Reeves at

* Round 1 and 2 Skill UP award winners are eligible to apply. However, they are not eligible to seek funding for programs and initiatives that were previously funded through Skill UP.