Gateway to Work
Gateway to Work is a new feature of the Healthy Indiana Plan that helps connect HIP members to Indiana’s workforce training programs, work search resources and potential employers. HIP members who are unemployed or working less than 20 hours a week will be referred to available employment, work search and job training programs that will assist them in securing new or potentially better employment.
Gateway to Work is a free, voluntary program. HIP members will be notified beginning in April if they have been referred to the program. Whether or not a HIP member chooses to participate or not will not affect Healthy Indiana Plan coverage or benefits.
Once engaged in the Gateway to Work program, members may receive case management services, participate in a structured job readiness program and receive help with their job search. Additional training, volunteer work experiences and/or education may be provided, as appropriate.
Gateway to Work participants will also be invited to attend hiring events with employers.
Gateway to Work begins with an assessment of your skills and abilities to identify what needs to be done to help you achieve your employment goals. It includes an analysis of:
- Your current strengths
- What you need in the way of job readiness or vocational training
- Any barriers that might exist and would need to be overcome to help you succeed
Program activities include classes that can help you with filling out job applications, putting together your resume and learning how to do well in job interviews. Gateway to Work can also provide job search assistance, with tools that match your experience and skills with employers who have positions to fill. In some cases, financial assistance is available to pay for short term skills training for high-demand jobs and/or classes you can take to help you get the education and credentials you need to be competitive in today’s job market.
Services may also be available to you to help overcome any barriers that are standing in the way of your success. These can include money for transportation or clothing required to start a new job.
To get started, all you need to do is call the program at 1-800-403-0864, and choose Option 1, then Option 6. Our staff is standing by to schedule you for an orientation in your area where you can learn more and sign up. Staff are available to answer calls on Monday - Friday from 8:00 - 4:30 EST.