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, 2018, and 2019 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:T he 2019 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. Employer Training Grants cover occupational skills training, and also include not only new employees but existing employees who receive training that leads to increased work responsibilities and higher wages.

The new round of Employer Training Grants will begin accepting new applications effective July 1, 2019. 

  • Employers who have never applied for an Employer Training Grant may apply on the Next Level Jobs website on/after July 8. 
  • Employers who received grant agreements but did not train/retain/receive reimbursement and employers who were reimbursed for training during round 2 of the funding (which expires June 30, 2019) are eligible. No new application on the Next Level Jobs website is required—and employers who have already applied may simply submit a proposed training plan for approval directly to their DWD contact from round 2 after 7/1/2019. 
  • New Employer Training Grant agreements will be issued after 7/1/2019 and all agreements will expire 10 months after they are signed/go into effect (a change from the 2018-2019 round).   
  • 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.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Emily Berger at eberger@ihca.org.

Graduation Alliance Adult Diploma Program

IHCA/INCAL is excited to announce a new partnership with Graduation Alliance to bring an online diploma and career pathway program to members and their employees. Graduation Alliance is a national provider of online high school diploma completion programming, currently operating programs focused on adult high school diploma completion and career pathway development through a state-funded program in Indiana.

Each participant in the program completes an employability skills course and earns an Employability Skills Certificate. They also select an industry-recognized credential from the State’s promoted credential list in their chosen career pathway. Credentials relevant to this partnership include OSHA 10 – Healthcare, OSHA 10 – Culinary, or ServSafe Food Manager.

Participants may receive high school credit for completing CNA certification through the local employer. Currently employed participants also have the opportunity to earn high school credit for work experience.

IHCA/INCAL members are encouraged to learn more by registering for the Graduation Alliance informational webinar on Thursday, November 7 at 1 p.m. EST. In this webinar, participants will learn about: 

  • The economic and career challenges individuals without a high school diploma face
  • The Indiana Workforce Diploma program goals
  • How the Indiana Workforce Diploma program can be made available to current employees at no cost to the employee or employer
  • Demographics of participants in similar programs
  • Workforce outcomes of graduates from similar programs
  • Process for referring under-educated employees to the program
  • Process for working with Graduation Alliance to receive graduate referrals

Click here to register. Questions about the partnership can be directed to Emily Berger at eberger@ihca.org


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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