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Northeast Indiana Works provides a number of services designed to help employers fill their workforces with skilled, job-ready employees. To learn more about all of these programs, contact a business service representative at the WorkOne Northeast career center in your area.

Customized Recruitment Services

Through WorkOne Northeast, we help employers find suitable candidates by:

  • Assisting them in using IndianaCareerConnect.com
  • Providing free pre-employment screening of candidates for skills, education, knowledge and employment history using a variety of tools, including WorkKeys and Prove It!
  • Conducting hiring events that draw potential employees from throughout the region.

On-The-Job Training

On-the-Job Training (OJT), contingent on funding, is available for eligible new hires who are residents of northeast Indiana. WorkOne Northeast will pay up to 50 percent of the new hire’s wages for a specified time and assist employers through the OJT process, including helping with the recruitment of employees and the development of training plans. Click here for more information about OJT.


Skill-Link is a Northeast Indiana Works program that, contigent on funding, offers certification-based training tailored to employers’ specific skill needs. Employers select high-potential employees for the training, which promotes talent retention, career pathway development, and in many cases leads to promotions and pay increases. WorkOne Northeast assists employers in filling positions left open by the promotion of employees who complete Skill-Link training. Click here for more information about Skill-Link training.

Displaced Worker Assistance

WorkOne Northeast provides free, timely job search and training help for workers displaced by layoffs. Services include:

  • Assistance in looking for work
  • Help with interviewing skills
  • Resume-building
  • Skills training workshops and other training opportunities

Next Level Jobs

Under the state’s Next Level Jobs initiative, employers can take advantage of an Employer Training Grant program. Employers in any high-demand business sector can be reimbursed up to $5,000 for each new employee who is trained, hired and retained for six months. There is a $50,000 cap for each employer and the jobs must be middle-skill, high-demand, high-wage positions. Click here for more information.


WorkOne Northeast career centers offer a number of free workshops that may be beneficial to some employees, including:

  • Computer Basics
  • Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Introduction to the Internet

Sector Partnerships

Northeast Indiana Works assists in the development of career pathways for high-wage, in-demand jobs by helping develop and/or facilitate partnerships between education providers and employers.

These alignment initiatives focusing on specific industry sectors help fuel pursuit of the region’s Big Goal: Increasing the percentage of northeast Indiana residents with a high-quality degree or credential to 60 percent.

Northeast Indiana Works has helped facilitate county-based sector partnerships in Allen, Adams, Grant and Noble counties. These partnerships include the Adams-Wells Manufacturing Alliance, Grant’s Got Talent, the MadeByMe Coalition in Allen County, and the Noble County Manufacturing & Education Alliance.

Labor Market Research

Northeast Indiana Works and its partners, including the Community Research Institute at Purdue University Fort Wayne, conduct timely regional labor market research to help jobseekers make critical career decisions and employers to develop business strategies.

Customized labor market research is also conducted for economic development organizations in northeast Indiana to assist them in attracting and retaining talent and businesses. Access to statewide labor market information is also available.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit for private, for-profit employers. It is intended to encourage hiring jobseekers who traditionally have difficulty finding employment, such as some Hoosier veterans groups, individuals who have utilized welfare programs, ex-felons, disabled individuals, and certain groups of Hoosier youth.

WorkOne Northeast assists employers in completing applications for WOTC, which are available for eligible new employees who work at least 120 days after being hired.