Wayne County is one of five counties in East Central Indiana region to help establish and take part in Manufacturing Matters, a skills gap initiative derived from a group of regional manufacturers and community leaders who came together to brainstorm and discover the best approach to addressing the skills gap for manufacturers in East Central Indiana and Western Ohio. Manufacturing Matters is designed to increase the employability of our residents and provide industry with an employment pool of candidates that will help to increase their profitability and decrease turnover. Qualified candidates will be prescreened by WorkOne, Indiana’s premier workforce development agency, including WorkKeys testing, drug testing and personal interviews. Following successful prescreening, candidates will be trained by Ivy Tech Corporate College to prepare for a nationally recognized Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification. The CPT training educates students of all ages in the following areas: safety; maintenance awareness; quality practices and measurement; and manufacturing processes and production. This training program costs $2,600.00 per person for the 12 week, 172 hour course commitment, but full scholarships are available to qualified candidates. Forty hours of the course are dedicated to employability skills focusing on communication, presentation, and team skills.
Economic Growth Group (EGG) Workforce Development Training
New and existing businesses in Wayne County that have been denied funding, or that have received partial funding from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, or the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County may apply for skills training funds. These funds may be used for basic skills training, customized skills training, computer training, interpersonal and leadership skills, and programs to develop communication skills.
Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana offers training for workers without needing to leave the region, or even the workplace. Whether it’s the latest computer applications upgrade, training for new manufacturing or processing equipment, or working to develop key interpersonal skills, the college’s Workforce and Economic Development (WED) Office works on a project-by-project basis with each employer to meet their needs in real time. Training can be customized using client materials and equipment and can be delivered any day of the week, any hour of the day, on campus, or at the workplace to suit the needs of the employer.
Purdue University Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Purdue’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) provides high value, affordable solutions to help businesses increase profitability and productivity. As advocates for Indiana business and organizations, their staff leverages resources in both the public and private sectors to help identify areas of improvement, streamline processes, and ultimately increase competiveness.
Richmond WorkOne Workforce Development Center
Partnered with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (IDWD), WorkOne operates to assist Indiana citizens in accessing and improving their skills in order to find the jobs that will best fits their talents. WorkOne aims to help businesses save money through a variety of services ranging from candidate screening, job fairs, and other recruiting services. They also provide tips on how companies can qualify for grants and training.
Indiana Career Connect
Indiana Career Connect is a statewide computer network of employment and labor market information which is free of charge to current employers, potential employers, and individuals. This site assists employers by exposing them to an extensive database of job seekers in order to find employees with the right set of skills and qualifications. Labor availability and labor market data is also available.