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There are 1.2 million young people ages 16-29 living in Indiana, whom account for roughly 1/3 of the working population. Since the great recession, unemployment among this age group has been higher than the average population. Unfortunately, Indiana loses a large percentage of its youth with postsecondary credentials and degrees to surrounding states and California. Yet, simultaneously, there are more than one million jobs that will be available in the next 10 years, and there is a misalignment of educational training programs to the skills demanded by employers.
Connecting young adults to high-wage, high-demand employment opportunities through work-and-learn is essential to filling the million job openings projected to be available in Indiana between now and 2025. This vision can only be accomplished through the alignment of business, government, education, and community resources toward priority industry needs.
The National Governors Association (NGA) awarded Indiana as one of six states to receive $100,000 in funding and technical assistance to participate in the 18-month NGA Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning. Indiana will be able to leverage this grant funding to determine best practices and create programs designed to align work-based learning experiences to employer demand. More specifically, Indiana will focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) industries...learn more