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HIRE UP INDY: Like many areas around the state, Central Indiana faces a challenge in providing skilled workers to meet current and future employee needs. Employ Indy recently released a brief video highlighting the Central Indiana skills gap. The message impacts Hoosier families, educators, businesses and workforce development professionals and stresses that aligning education and workforce efforts with business needs is critical in developing future careers and sustaining our Indiana business economy.
Please share the video and message below while encouraging everyone to “Hire Up.”
ACTION PLAN: The Region 5 Works Council unveiled its Action Plan to enhance local CTE efforts.
The Region 5 Works Council has been instrumental in the development of the Go Build Indiana website, which aims to address the current skills gap and change perceptions in students, parents, and educators by encouraging capable young minds to consider the benefits of a career in the skilled trades. The website currently hosts a landing page which will soon be expanded into a full website launch.
The Regional Works Councils were created by unanimous vote during the 2013 legislative session. Each of the 11 council are comprised of approximately 15 local education and workforce leaders from within their respective region. The Works Councils are charged with facilitating sector partnerships within their region and enhancing the career readiness of Hoosier adults and high school students through the development and support of innovative career and technical education (CTE) curricula. This is achieved by expanding new approaches toward earning industry-recognized certifications, increasing dual credits attainment, and creating both project-based learning and work-based learning opportunities designed to align curriculum with regional workforce needs.
The Regional Works Councils staff provides each council with administrative support, consultation services, grant administration, project management, and board instruction and development. The staff also collaborates the efforts of each council through the development of best practices and the planning of regional and statewide conferences.
"All students deserve the same opportunity for success, whether they want to go to college or start their career right out of high school. This is not about a Plan A and a Plan B –this is about two Plan A’s.” ~ Governor Mike Pence