Ready to Work

Ready to Work Indiana

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.

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Rapid Reemployment for Manufacturing Placement (RAMP)

In addition to participating in our training program, Ready to Work participants also participate in our RAMP affinity group. RAMP’s goal is to fulfill manufacturing industries’ current and continuously growing needs for skilled, talented employees. RAMP is designed to convert long-term unemployed workers to employees in the advanced manufacturing sector.