Initiatives Supporting Work & Learn Activities
Expanding work-and learn-experiences in Indiana is essential to connecting individuals to high demand occupations. Opportunities such as internships and apprenticeships give students practical connection to employers and teach them highly sought employability skills.
Apprenticeship Expansion Grant
The Apprenticeship Expansion Grant provided up to $1,179,000 in grants to existing and emerging apprenticeship programs across Indiana. Funds were given to programs that engage industry and other partners to expand apprenticeship to new non-traditional sectors and new populations, identify ways to promote and advance greater inclusion and diversity in apprenticeships and/or create or expand pre-apprenticeship programs for both youth and adults. ...read more
Past & Ongoing Grant Programs
DWD offered the following initiatives to support work-and-learn opportunities in Indiana: [view]
- $19M—Skill UP Indiana!
Grants supported 25 industry-led community partnerships in developing training and education programs that align to employer needs. Awarded programs will equip Hoosiers with the skills necessary to fill the one million jobs projected to be available over the next 10 years. Required a 25% private investment match.
- $4.3M—Innovative CTE Curriculum Grant
Funding for innovative career and technical education (CTE) curricula designed to encourage innovative and collaborative career and technical training opportunities for Hoosier students, working in conjunction with the eleven regional Works Councils around the state
- $600K—Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate
Funding for the development and adoption of community- and employer-recognized work ethic certification programs in communities throughout Indiana. The Governor’s WEC program will fund up to 24 local pilot sites during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.
- $400K—Innovative Work-and-Learn Grant
Given to Indiana Regional Works Councils to foster and scale the most innovative and effective work-and-learn models in the state. Required a 25% private investment match.
DWD also received the following grants to support statewide work-and-learn efforts: [view]
- $1.3M—ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant
Grant supports expansion of Registered Apprenticeship programs throughout Indiana. A primary focus of this initiative is to increase diversity within Indiana apprenticeship programs in terms of ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status and business sector roles.
- $200K—State Accelerator Grant
Laid groundwork for expanding apprenticeship programs in Indiana.
- $100K—NGA Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning
The National Governors Association (NGA) provided grant funding for DWD to determine best practices and create programs designed to align work-based learning experiences to employer demand in Indiana.