CenterPoint Energy Foundation is investing in Southern Indiana Works (SIW) to expand the region’s apprenticeship program. The new grant money will target training in advanced manufacturing and other in-demand sectors. SIW will work to combine the grant with funding from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, to increase capacity of work-based learning in the area. In 2019, SIW became a registered intermediary for apprentices with the U.S. Department of Labor. SIW registered five new apprenticeship programs in 2020 and supported over 80 individuals in apprenticeship programs through supportive services (tools and equipment purchases), employer reimbursement for on-the-job training, and related instruction. CenterPoint Energy’s investment will help to contribute to SIW’s continued efforts in the expansion of apprenticeships in the region. “We appreciate the support from CenterPoint Energy Foundation,” said Tony Waterson, Executive Director of SIW. “Investments like this make a difference in the lives of many individuals through career and training opportunities.”
Southern Indiana Works (SIW) is the Local Workforce Development Board and a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that leads the Talent Development System in Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, Washington, and Crawford Counties. SIW connects jobseekers to local employers; services include skilling up talent though pre-employment training, work-based learning, career services, and incumbent worker training.
Southern Indiana Works mission is to lead a robust talent development system and cultivate a skilled workforce that advances our community, economy, and quality of life.
Tony Waterson, Executive Director
Southern Indiana Works