Podcast

Talking Talent Episode 13: Getting Youth Ready for Work

In this episode you’ll learn about the READY NWI Initiative, which supports the unique aspects of community, school, and student, and embraces a commitment to regional thinking and acting in order to ensure prosperity by meeting the skill and education needs of employers throughout Northwest Indiana.  

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Talking Talent Episode 11: Manufacturing initiative addresses talent pipeline

This episode highlights an effort, spearheaded by the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, that is underway to support training and build a talent pipeline in the manufacturing sector. Hear how key partnerships will help create success and how education, workforce and business professionals can work together to achieve the best results in addressing the skill gaps…

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Talking Talent Episode 10: Helping Working Families Find Financial Stability

Lisa Daugherty, Executive Director of the Lake Area United Way, joins the program to discuss the struggles of working families who often cannot afford basic items such as food, transportation, and healthcare. Discover the initiatives that the Lake Area United Way are taking to help lift families out of poverty and provide them with the…

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Talking Talent Episode 9: Building a Pipeline of Manufacturing Talent in La Porte County, Indiana

In this episode, you’ll hear about the La Porte County SkillUp Network initiative, which provides collaboration around workforce challenges in the manufacturing sector to grow the current workforce and support skill attainment for job candidates with a gap in skills. Discover takeaways from the initiative and potential lessons for other industries and counties throughout the…

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Talking Talent Episode 8: Career and Technical Education

In this episode, you’ll learn about two career and technical education initiatives that are underway in Indiana. Discover how students can “earn while they learn” and how young people can get a technical certification while getting their diploma, as well as the role of work-based learning. https://traffic.libsyn.com/talkingtvalent/Talking_Talent_Career_and_Tech_Ed.mp3

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Talking Talent Episode 6: The importance of providing youth with a work experience and how it can transform their work ethic

Keith Kirkpatrick from the KPM Group and who serves as the chair of the Youth Employment Council of the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board, discusses how the Council is working to ensure employers in the region understand the importance of hiring youth and providing them with a work experience, whether it’s full time, part-time, seasonal, or…

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