REGION 2 PATHWAYS INVOLVE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING, TRANSPORTATION, HEALTHCARE, PROFESSIONAL & TECH SERVICES AND CONSTRUCTION
areer pathways, as established by the Northern Indiana Workforce Board, factor into most WorkOne actions, decisions and programs, either directly or secondarily.
REGION 2 SECTORS FOR
CAREER PATHWAYS LEADING TO
HIGH-WAGE, HIGH-DEMAND JOBS
|TRANSPORTATION and WAREHOUSING, including LOGISTICS|
| HOSPITALITY and TOURISM
|CONSTRUCTION and BUILDING TRADES|
|PROFESSIONAL and TECHNOLOGY SERVICES|
WorkOne's staff mem- bers, for instance, from core teams Welcome, Skills/Training, Work- shop, and Employment are mindful of both the needs of local employers as well as career pathways when providing services to individual clients including: ● counseling; ● skills assessment; ● career planning;
● job coaching; ● training in both technical- and soft-skills; and
Through internal discussions only, Business Services Team mem- bers regularly pass along information from employers to WorkOne colleagues about what types of technical- and soft- skills are important in Region 2 workplaces, thus providing generalized yet potent information for counseling and training sessions. This information is generalized when presented in light of career pathways, such as in workshops and coaching to individual job hopefuls; in other words, specific employers are not named but detailed skills are described in light of why employers need them and how individuals can acquire and strengthen them.
Career pathways and employers are at the heart of two major, relatively new WorkOne initiatives: ● "Career Pathways Leading to High-Wage, High-Demand Jobs;" and ● reinvigoration under the federal 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which became effective in July 2015 to govern nearly 3,000 American Job Centers nationwide, including WorkOne Region 2.
In the career pathways program, the members of the Northern Indiana Workforce Board analyzed much Labor Market Information (LMI) and other data, as well as conducting consultations, to deter- mine the Region 2 sectors that are high-wage and high-demand indus-tries in north-central Indiana. See chart above.
In addition, WorkOne is accel- erating its effort to collaborate with employers in Northern Indiana in significant ways in light of WIOA mandates and suggestions. Among the law's requirements is a "part- ners consortium" whose purpose is to bring together various stakeholders such as workforce development, economic development, government, K-12 as well as post-secondary educa-
tion, nonprofit social services, businesses and others so that both goals and measures based on the local economy can be structured and implemented.
In this light, the "Region 2 WIOA Partners Consortium" is inviting Northern Indiana employers to participate in order to guide and direct skills training that will be offered in the region.