The Indiana Manufacturers Association will present the Employer & Educator Work-Based Learning Conference on Aug. 16 at the Ivy Tech Culinary & Conference Center, in Indianapolis. 

“This important event will feature examples of successful employer and educator partnerships taking place around our state,” said IMA President and CEO Brian Burton. “We know that collaboration is key to addressing our industry’s growing skills gap; and while there is no silver bullet solution to our workforce challenges, building more work-based learning programs for youth and adults is a huge leap in the right direction.” 

The day-long program will include a morning panel of employer/educator collaborative partners including:

• Batesville Co-Op and Manufacturing Camp featuring Hillenbrand, Batesville Tool & Die, Ivy Tech, and Batesville Community School Corporation;

• Integrated Technology Education Program (ITEP) featuring FCA USA, Hamilton Heights School Corporation, and Ivy Tech;

• Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Program featuring Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana and Vincennes University; and

• Lewis Cass Polytechnic Academy

The afternoon panel, specifically around challenges with youth work-based learning programming, will include representatives from the Indiana Office of Work-Based Learning & Apprenticeship, the Indiana State Board of Education, the US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, Madison Consolidated Schools, Lewis & Wagner LLP, and Jackson-McCormick Insurance & Employee Benefits. 

Speakers include:

• IMA President & CEO Brian Burton.

• Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President, Ivy Tech Community College.

• Dr. Nathan Hartman, Purdue Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center.

• Pete Yonkman, President, Cook Group.

• Brad Rhorer, Senior Manager of Human Resources, Subaru of Indiana Automotive.

The conference will bring together 300 attendees from industry and education, as well as state agencies, policymakers, and legal and human resource representatives.  

The conference will take place at the Ivy Tech Culinary & Conference Center, located at 2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, Ind. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with time allotted for peer networking. Admission is free; however, space is limited. Registrants can sign up by visiting www.imaweb.com/events.