Employer Resources

*Please note that IHCA/INCAL's Employer Resource pages are under development and new content is added regularly. Check back often for access to additional resources as the association becomes aware of new programs and partnerships.


State Workforce Resources

Next Level Jobs: Employer and Student Training Grants

Next Level Jobs is part of Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Indiana agenda to continue the positive momentum of our state. Under his leadership with support from the 2017 and 2018 General Assembly, Indiana is taking the state’s workforce to the next level with a focus on the high-priority industries and high-demand jobs driving Indiana’s 21st Century economy forward. Two million Hoosiers need additional training to compete in the 21st Century workforce, and there will be over 1 million job openings in Indiana due to retirements and the creation of new jobs in the next decade. Whether you’re a Hoosier looking for a better-paying job or an employer looking for a better-skilled workforce, Indiana’s Next Level Jobs initiative can help.

Workforce Ready Grant:The 2018 General Assembly approved funds for Indiana’s Workforce Ready Grant program to provide free training for working-age Hoosiers in the state’s highest demand jobs. These industries have higher median salaried jobs and are rapidly growing in Indiana including Advanced Manufacturing, Building & Construction, Health & Life Sciences, IT & Business Services, and Transportation & Logistics. Learn more.

Employer Training Grant: Employers in any high demand business sector can be reimbursed up to $5,000 for each newly trained employee, hired and retained for six months. There is a $50,000 cap for each employer (based on your FEIN) and the jobs must be middle skill, high-demand and high-wage jobs. These new amounts were recently approved by the 2018 Indiana General Assembly. Employer Training Grants cover occupational skills training, and effective May 4, 2018 the state will open the grant for employers to include not only new employees but also existing employees who receive training that leads to increased work responsibilities and higher wages.

Employers can use training providers on DWD’s eligible training provider list or third party providers. The training plan must verify that it’s occupational skills training, aligns to an approved middle skills occupation, and is greater than 40 hours. Click here for a complete list of eligible occupations. IHCA/INCAL members are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to enroll in the Employer Training Grant program.

Click here to access a March 2018 webinar about the Next Level Jobs program (please note that this webinar was recorded prior to the increased funding levels and changes to eligibility for existing employees).

Indiana Career Ready

Powered by the Department of Workforce Development, Indiana Career Ready aligns talent and education resources to support the skills and hiring needs of employers. Employer-focused content includes information on:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Labor Market Information, including timely wage data by occupation and region to help employers stay competitive
  • Indiana Career Connect, where employers can post job openings and find candidates in their areas
  • Educational Opportunities, where employers can access lists of vocational training and certificate programs in their area to help them skill up their workforce

HIP Gateway to Work Program

More than 400,000 non-disabled, low-income adult Hoosiers are enrolled in the Healthy Indiana Plan, or “HIP,” the state of Indiana’s signature, consumer-driven health coverage program. Gateway to Work is a part of HIP that connects members with job training and search assistance, education, community engagement or work opportunities. Starting in 2019, some HIP members will be required to work, go to school, volunteer or participate in other qualifying Gateway to Work activities up to 20 hours a week.

Learn more about Gateway to Work.


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