LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Throughout the state of Indiana many manufacturing companies are experiencing a skills gap. This means jobs at these companies need to be filled by people with an advanced education.
Now, Subaru of Indiana, through a partnership with two Hoosier universities, are providing young people the training they need. The Purdue University School of Technology and Vincennes University are taking part in the Advanced Internship in Manufacturing Program.
Students will get a chance to get a hands-on education at SIA while taking classes and earning their degree. Interns will be paid up to $17 per hour while working in the factory.
SIA’s Manager of Associate Development Brad Rhorer said the program gives high school graduates a more direct path to a career.
“Parents that I’ve spoken to and the opportunities their kids are going to have — a couple of the students that really didn’t think about going on to a post-secondary education. They were sitting on the couch waiting for an opportunity and a career, but they weren’t sure what that was. Now they have an opportunity — a direction — a path, if you will, for their future,” said Rhorer
Tippecanoe School Corporation Superintendent Scott Hanback was also at the announcement. He said TSC is preparing its students interested in manufacturing to take part in the internship program after they graduate.