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Northeast Indiana Works Adds Apprenticeship Coordinator

Feb 1, 2023

Northeast Indiana Works has hired an apprenticeship coordinator to help develop apprenticeships and other work experience programs across all industries.

The coordinator, Liz Burkhead, is a former WorkOne Northeast employment and training advisor who has also worked in the insurance and commercial real estate industries.

Northeast Indiana Works is a registered apprenticeship intermediary and Burkhead’s primary focus will be on helping school districts and companies develop registered apprenticeships. She will also be exploring the development of other kinds of work-based learning opportunities.

“I love the idea of helping to develop and promote talent,” said Burkhead. “Everyone has something special they can offer if given the chance and the hands-on learning that apprenticeships offer widens the ability for a person to showcase their talents.”

One industry Burkhead will give particular attention to is healthcare. An Explore, Engage and Experience (3E) grant secured by the Region 8 Education Service Center provides money for a Northeast Indiana Works-led career healthcare awareness campaign, as well as Burkhead’s efforts to enhance work-based learning opportunities in the healthcare sector.

Northeast Indiana Works has and will continue to help develop work-based learning opportunities in manufacturing, which is the region’s largest-employing industry. Healthcare is northeast Indiana’s second largest-employing industry.

Presently, Northeast Indiana Works is also in discussions with a local school district to develop teacher apprenticeships.

Work experience while a young person is still in school can lead to certifications and give them a leg up on securing employment. It can also, over time, assist participating employers grow their workforces.