As he chaired the Career Council’s first meeting Monday, Governor Mike Pence emphasized the council will not just be a discussion group. It is required by statute to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for coordinating the state’s job and skills training initiatives by July 1, 2014. He says that work begins by evaluating what the state is already doing in those areas.
“And then look for ways that we can amplify what’s working and essentially realign and reorganize our whole system of workforce education around what works,” said Pence.
To begin that effort, the Career Council approved the Indiana Inventory of Job and Career Training, which it is required to compile by Aug, 1.
The comprehensive list of existing job and skills training programs uses reports from a variety of sources including the Commission for Higher Education, the Department of Workforce Development and the Economic Development Corporation.
Council member Neil Pickett says the group’s first product bears out the challenges in compiling that information.
“Just by looking at the Inventory, you can see that they’re prepared differently,” Pickett said. “They use different categories of data and I think it would make sense and it behooves us going forward to produce an Inventory that’s more standardized, that’s more easily searchable and clearly lays out what we’re doing and where we’re spending our money.”
The Council’s first major progress report is due Dec. 1, and Governor Pence says he will assign members homework at the group’s meetings to make sure the council is prepared to move further forward each month.