We’re all aware that workforce recruitment and retention continue to challenge the manufacturing sector in the U.S. In particular, finding enough skilled workers can seem impossible. Indiana has developed a manufacturing workforce training program to help solve this problem.
Indiana’s program, “Catapult Indiana,” builds a ramp for unemployed and underemployed workers to enter manufacturing careers. The program provides 80 hours of classroom and hands-on training. Topics include quality, safety, and productivity as well as basic skills for operating common machinery.
According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, Catapult Indiana provides four weeks of free training to qualified participants.
Diverse program participants include refugees, prisoners, other unemployed and underemployed adults, as well as graduating high school students.
One recent program graduate, Yoriel Colon, described the program as challenging but not impossibly difficult. He and other graduates appreciate what this manufacturing workforce training program means for their future.
Here at StratMg, we partner with manufacturers in Indiana and other manufacturing-heavy states for consistent business growth that supports jobs.
We also support access to work for underrepresented workers, particularly workers with disabilities. So, this story jumped out at us as something we wanted to share in our Fun Finds series.
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