Next Level Jobs
New Financial Aid Opportunity For Hoosier Working Adults & Local Employers
Next Level Jobs
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 by 2025. 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. For working-age Hoosiers, there is the Workforce Ready Grant and for employers, there is the Employer Training Grant.
Ivy Tech Community College is a key partner in this effort, with the mission of providing the training to prepare students to gain the certifications they need.
To be eligible, a person must be a working-age Indiana resident with a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants may not have previously received either an associate or bachelor’s degree and must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To learn more, go to Ivy Tech's website by clicking here.
Workforce Ready Grant
The 2017 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, Information Technology & Business Services, and Transportation & Logistics.
Employer Training Grant
Employers can also take advantage of the Employer Training Grant program from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Employers in any high demand business sectors can be reimbursed up to $2,500 for each new employee that is trained, hired and retained for 6 months. There is a $25,000 cap for each employer and the jobs must be middle skill, high-demand and high-wage jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than an associate degree.