Real-world opportunities can range from colleges funding internship and experiential learning programs to businesses giving young professionals room to flex their muscles and earn their wings, according to experts in Indiana workforce issues.
Lawmakers said reforming the state’s muddled workforce development system was a top priority this session. Instead, they ended up bypassing bolder proposals and approving what some say are incremental, bureaucracy-laden changes.
A day away from the end of the state legislative session, the Indiana Manufacturers Association is urging lawmakers to scuttle a workforce development proposal that it contends could put federal funding in jeopardy.
Panelists at IBJ's Technology Power Breakfast on Friday chewed on several ways to strengthen the state's tech sector, including harnessing the so-called "internet of things," making their workforces more diverse and improving education and mentorship in the field.