EmployIndy continuing to enroll displaced workers for job training and support benefits
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – January 18, 2017 – Amid the final round of worker dislocations at Carrier, EmployIndy and United Steelworkers Local 1999 are encouraging displaced workers to enroll in Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) benefits with local WorkOne staff.
When large layoffs occur, efforts are made to provide support to affected workers to immediately impact their next steps. EmployIndy has coordinated job fairs and staffed WorkOne case managers inside facilities to be available to help workers. WorkOne staff have been providing career coaching, connecting individuals to training, and identifying how their existing skills can be best utilized for a career shift.
WorkOne staff also registers displaced workers for funding such as Mayor Hogsett’s $1000 Carrier Worker Grant, which offers assistance to reimburse costs incurred while looking for new employment. This includes expenses such as transportation, childcare, utilities, and rent/mortgage payments. EmployIndy representatives register workers to receive TAA benefits for training and help local employers navigate the hiring incentives offered via Next Level Jobs and other City of Indianapolis funds.
EmployIndy is eager to guide these workers – and all Marion County residents – toward career success in an evolving local economy. The organization’s leadership refers to the strategy as “building a workforce ecosystem” in which numerous community organizations, supportive service providers, employers, and educators are aligned in workforce development efforts.
“We strive to connect people to opportunities to gain the skills needed for modern jobs, and then also work to connect employers to the people who obtain those skills,” says Marie Mackintosh, Chief Operations Officer of EmployIndy.
Resources are available for all Indy residents who have been laid off, are underemployed, or are in need of job skills – but for those who are eligible for TAA benefits, such as displaced Carrier and Rexnord workers, there are deadlines for certain funding based on the date their dislocation occurred.
Dislocated workers can attend a special enrollment session for TAA benefits taking place at WorkOne Indy West, at 3400 Lafayette Road, this coming Saturday January 20th, from 10:00am until 1:00pm. They can also access services during normal WorkOne business hours.