ABC – Any Job, Better Job, Career
When it comes to building a career, it’s a journey, not a destination. Our goal at EmployIndy is to help residents find jobs and develop a work history. After demonstrating on-the-job competencies, we empower individuals to take on additional responsibilities that align with higher pay and continued learning opportunities. Finally, we match persons with interest and aptitude to high-demand fields that help grow our local economy.
Indianapolis has a strong track record facilitating and supporting Quality of Life planning for our neighborhoods. Quality of Place or redevelopment projects offer big wins that attract and retain talent. Our focus on Quality of People initiatives will support residents as they pursue the American Dream; investing in education, training and work experiences for individuals in targeted neighborhoods will grow our city’s potential from the inside.
Building off the Mayor’s priority to win the race for Indy’s youth, EmployIndy is committed to providing career information and substantive employment opportunities for young people in our city. From exposure to industries and employers driving our local economy to paid opportunities where youth can earn and learn, we will hold the vision for our community’s collective effort to prepare young people for the jobs of the future.
Career and Technical Education Focus
In coordination with K-12, community college partners, and other stakeholders, EmployIndy will ensure that students and adult workers alike make smart choices about their career, have the skills that matter to employers and have access to in-demand jobs that require more than high school degree but less than a four-year bachelor’s degree.
Indy is resource rich but services are often delivered in silos by funding stream, institution or sector. EmployIndy is well-positioned to use the lens of employment to wrap around additional value-add supports. Coordinating the delivery of resources in a timely fashion, meeting individuals where they are at and aligning services with the user-end experience front of mind is paramount to increase the likelihood of success for individuals and our city.
EmployIndy uses data to inform our decision-making and hold our partners accountable. Measuring performance and using metrics that ultimately help us assess whether those we serve are better off as a result of our investments will be a guiding principle. We will use a publicly available dashboard to communicate to our stakeholders – you – in a transparent fashion.
Leverage other Initiatives and Institutions
While there has been a significant amount of energy committed to the workforce development space over the last few years, there is a lack of synergy. EmployIndy will work with partners including Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), The Indy Chamber, the Region 5 Works Council, GIPC and local employers and education providers to determine roles and responsibilities. We will leverage institutional competencies and efficiencies to better serve residents living and working in Indianapolis.
Work-Based Learning Experiences: Through our initiative, Talent Bound, we work to connect IPS high school students to experiences across the work-based learning continuum, including job shadowing, college visits, career guest speakers, industry field trips, employability skills events, pathway courses, post-secondary transition events, internships, apprenticeships, and externships. We are constantly looking for employer partners to provide these opportunities to Marion County youth. Mentorship: To provide students with support and assistance during the transition from high school to higher education, our program, Indy Achieves, offers a low-commitment program where local civic and business leaders volunteer as mentors to send Marion County high school seniors text messages to help guide them through the college enrollment process.