'Next Level Jobs' Program Turns One

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As state leaders continue to work on ways to skill up the workforce, Indiana Career Connections & Talent Secretary Blair Milo joined a contingent traveling to Jefferson County Thursday to observe multiple programs providing post-secondary credit opportunities. The statewide tour, which coincides with the first full year of Governor Eric Holcomb's Next Level Jobs initiative, launched this week to highlight "earn and learn" opportunities like trades training for Indiana prison inmates, paid internships and dual-credit programs. Stops have included businesses in Greenfield and Noblesville.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Milo said workforce training initiatives can't work without cooperation among employers, educators and the government. "As the nature of work is changing," she said, "we're able to connect the talent up to the opportunities and the businesses up to the workforce that they need to continue growing."

In addition to Milo and Holcomb, traveling leaders included Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann. The tour visited Springhurst Health Campus in Greenfield, Ivy Tech in Madison, Gaylor Electric Inc. in Noblesville and the Madison Correctional facility.

Apprenticeships and "earn and learn" opportunities have become a significant priority for the Holcomb administration and its "Next Level Jobs" initiative. In June, Darrel Zeck was named inaugural executive director of the recently-created Office of Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeship.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Indiana Career Connections & Talent Secretary Blair Milo said workforce training initiatives can't work without cooperation among employers, educators and the government.
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