Worker Training & Placement

Manufacturing Matters

Manufacturing Matters (MM) is an initiative developed by a group of regional manufacturers and community leaders from East Central Indiana to address the perception of manufacturing, to help increase awareness of manufacturing careers, and most importantly, to help solve the skills gap. The program is designed to increase the skills of our residents and provide the local manufacturing industry with an employment pool of candidates that will help to increase their profitability and decrease turnover. Qualified candidates are pre-screened. Following successful pre-screening, candidates will be trained by Ivy Tech Community College to prepare for a nationally recognized certification. The program has evolved to include two tracks, the Certified Production Technician (CPT) and the Production Associate. Participants are trained and educated on the most important aspects of manufacturing to include: safety; maintenance awareness; quality practices and measurement; and manufacturing processes and production. Full scholarships are available to qualified candidates and employer partners may refer incumbent workers. In addition to the skills-based training, all MM programs include 30 hours of dedicated training time focused on employability skills such as communication, presentation, and teamwork skills. Further strategies coming down the pipeline include apprenticeship, customized work and learn opportunities, and internships for high school students. Through this initiative, MM employer partners have been able to hire good candidates, develop promotional videos for their companies and process, engage in Manufacturing Day events, host open houses, market to the emerging workforce, and invite the community into their operations. For more information on Manufacturing Matters, contact Kim Thurlow at or visit the web site at 

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.