September 13, 2022
New online tool launched to combat Indiana’s workforce challenges
Indiana Chamber’s Talent Resource Navigator facilitates connections with career development training
by Shari Finnell, editor/writer, Not-for-profit News

Seeking a better employment opportunity but not sure if you’re qualified? Or searching for quality career development training to equip an employee for a promotion?

Those are the types of questions that the Institute of Workforce Excellence (IWE), the Indiana Chamber’s charitable nonprofit, is addressing through its new Talent Resource Navigator, a web-based tool designed to help Indiana employers and individuals access educational and professional growth training programs from one location, according to Todd Hurst, IWE executive director.

The Navigator project, which has been in development for more than a year, streamlines the process of identifying and accessing hundreds of programs that address skills gaps in Indiana’s workforce. Funded by a $2.5 million Lilly Endowment grant, the site is free to employers and individuals. It also is available in Spanish and features a live customer service component.

The development of the online tool is in response to some frustrations experienced by employers across the state, as well as a shortage of skilled employees, according to Hurst.

Based on recent statistics, Indiana employers, like those in many other states, are experiencing difficulties in skilled employees to fill job openings. By 2029, 60 percent of net new jobs added in Indiana will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 43 percent of Indiana residents have a credential beyond high school.

While many institutions and organizations throughout the state offer workforce development and talent development training, many people don’t know how to access them — which is one of the challenges the Navigator addresses, Hurst said.

“At the Chamber, we continuously hear from employers that they don't know where to turn, what’s available to them, or what they’re eligible for,” Hurst said. “Many are having difficulty finding talent. At the same time, the tool is designed to help individuals who don’t know what’s available to them or what career paths exist.”

How is your nonprofit inspiring trust?
Gaining donor confidence in your organization is essential
by Better Business Bureau

If asked, could you easily answer what your nonprofit does to inspire trust and donor confidence? Certainly, you could mention different programs and services offered. But what if you could convey everything in a way that instantly resonates with potential donors?

This is where trust seals come into play. Think about it. When you see the lock icon in an URL, you instantly know any personal and payment information you provide on the website will be secured. Or, how about the number of stars for a customer review? It’s easy to identify one star as a poor review, whereas five stars are an excellent review. We are wired to subconsciously identify these trust seals which also applies to BBB’s Accreditation seal.

Donors seek reassurance that their financial support is being used properly, and for more than a century, they have been coming to Better Business Bureau (BBB) for guidance. Spotting the BBB Accredited Charity seal lets them know they are (or would be) supporting a trustworthy non-profit.

The trust seal is earned through BBB’s Charity Accreditation Review Program which promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit public contributions. The free program evaluates 501(c)3 charities against BBB's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability — a baseline set of best practices that review the following four key areas of interest to donors:

  • Financial management
  • Fundraising and information materials
  • Governance and oversight
  • Measuring effectiveness

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Philanthropy Leads dinner on Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St. Join a fireside chat on mental health with Gov. Eric. Holcomb and Indianapolis Colts owner Kalen Jackson. Presented by Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. Cost: $75 IPA members/$150 Nonmembers. Register

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Power Up Your Strengths from Oct. 31-Dec. 13. Learn how to bring out the talents of others through a certification/virtual cohort inspired by the CliftonStrengths® assessment. Cost: $4,500. Get 10 percent off through the end of September by using promo code EARLYBIRD. Presented by Purple Ink. Register
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