Made possible by a $7.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Ready to Work is an advanced manufacturing training and work-based learning activities program designed for those who have experienced a period of long-term unemployment.
The Ready to Work grant supports innovative partnerships between employers, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and WorkOne to build a pipeline of talented workers. The goal is to help those experiencing long-term unemployment gain access to employment services that provide opportunities to return to work in middle- and high-skill advanced manufacturing jobs. The grant is a collaborative effort with employer partners — SIA, Caterpillar, Fiat Chrysler, Wabash National, Kirby Risk, voestalpine Rotec Inc. — and education/training partners — Purdue Polytechnic Institute (SIA Training Center) and Ivy Tech Community College – Kokomo.
Ready to Work Training
Training is customized and includes classroom and hands-on training at the employer’s worksite. Depending upon the individual’s Academic Career Plan, intensive coaching, short or long-term training interventions will be provided. Ready to Work grant participants will be engaged with a career coach, job developer, and career planner (case manager). All participants will have access to supportive services, including transportation assistance, childcare or dependent care, tutoring, and other work/training-related needs.