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  • III. Operational Planning Elements
    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that support the State’s strategy and the system-wide vision described in Section II.(c) above. Unless otherwise noted, all Operational Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs. This section must include—
    • a. State Strategy Implementation
      The Unified or Combined State Plan must include—
      • 2. Implementation of State Strategy
        Describe how the lead State agency with responsibility for the administration of each core program or a Combined Plan partner program included in this plan will implement the State’s Strategies identified in Section II(c). above. This must include a description of—

III. a. 2. D. Coordination, Alignment and Provision of Services to Employers

Describe how the entities carrying out the respective core programs, any Combined State Plan partner program included in this plan, required and optional one-stop partner programs will coordinate activities and resources to provide comprehensive, high-quality services to employers to meet their current and projected workforce needs. The activities described shall conform to the statutory requirements of each program.

Current Narrative:

Strategic planning Goal 3 and the strategies and implementation activities under that goal address how Indiana will coordinate a demand driven workforce system (DDWS). In part, the State will do that via the IndianaCareerReady.com (ICR) web-based application. The ICR tool provides a comprehensive analysis of Indiana’s workforce demand thereby providing a valuable resource to Indiana employers and educational institutions. Through the ICR website Hoosier jobseekers, employers, students/parents, education/training providers, and workforce partners can access career and interest assessment tools, search for education and training opportunities, and find current job openings. DWD has created a ranking system to determine Indiana INDemand jobs that are posted and accessed through the ICR tool. The demand indicator is based upon a methodology that ranks all Indiana jobs based on demand and wages. Rankings are updated quarterly using new projections, LMI and wage data.

The ICR tool offers connectivity to Indiana CareerConnect.com, IndianaCareerExplorer.com. and a customer relationship management (CRM) tool. The CRM software will provide multiple resources for employers and educators to access including real time data, information regarding services available through the state and regional, state and nationwide industry news.

In addition, field staff are responsible for developing relationships with local employers, educating and assisting them in accessing Indiana’s workforce programs and services. The employer engagement team will be coordinating with partners, required and otherwise, in the delivery of services to employers. Those partners will include: vocational rehabilitation, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), state, regional and local economic development partners, education/training providers, industry/sector leaders and local community organizations.

As indicated above, the core partners and the following state representatives of the mandatory partners meet regularly to assess alignment and coordination of activities described (A) above: Career and Technical Education (Perkins) post-secondary, Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program, Senior Community Service Employment Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Trade Adjustment Assistance Programs, and Unemployment Compensation Programs. Indiana also includes child welfare and corrections in the meetings.