Workforce Readiness Updates
Submitted by Tiffani Ewing, SHRM-CP, HR Indiana SHRM Workforce Readiness Director
JAG Indiana at the HR Indiana Conference
In our continued support of JAG Indiana, Bart Doan, Associate Director of Youth Initiatives, took to the Smart Stage to share on the mission of SHRM and JAG. Since 2008, SHRM has been committed to building local networking support for JAG students using the workforce readiness expertise of SHRM chapters and state councils. A partnership with HR professionals on the local level provides mentorships and other resources to match the needs of students and help them prepare for jobs after high school, while also successfully addressing the skills gap. UPDATE: on August 28th, Gov. Holcomb announced the goal to expand JAG to 250 programs in Indiana by the 2024-2025 school year. The goal is to launch 40 new JAG programs at Indiana high schools or college campuses by January 2024, another 45 programs by August 2024, and an additional 40 programs by January 2025. Once fully implemented, JAG Indiana’s footprint will double to impact an estimated 10,000 Hoosier high school students per year! To learn more about JAG Indiana and how your chapter can help with SHRM’s commitment to the program, visit the JAG Indiana website.
Indiana Digital Credentialing Initiative
Thank you to those who participated in the Indiana Talent Acquisition Practices And Technologies Survey and were able to attend the employer webinar on September 11th. Your input directly informs Indiana’s multi-year plan to connect talented Hoosiers with great jobs in our state. The statewide initiative seeks opportunities to bridge the gap between current systems and the ever-growing world of digital credentials and modern HR technologies. Specifically, to chart out the challenges faced by employers across our state and the areas ripe for growth. If you missed the webinar, reach out to Tiffani Ewing for access to the recording. The final series webinar, Planning Indiana’s Digital Credentialing Roadmap, hosted by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education will be on October 4th and registration is still open!
NEW Skilled Credentials Toolkit
Promoting skills-based hiring as we drive change toward workplaces focused on the potential of every individual, SHRM Foundation has launched the Ready for Success: Adopting a Skills Mindset in Employment Practices toolkit. The toolkit provides 12 tangible action items that workplaces can take to improve hiring practices and make in-roads to more diverse hiring. The steps include:
• Aligning technology to have eligible skilled credentials in their sourcing and pairing.
• Communicating what an organization needs to potential employees.
• Changing institutional structure organizationally to be more inclusive.