Survey Will Assess Internships, Skill Needs Among Employers

December 12th, 2016


Dec. 12, 2016


Survey Will Assess Internships, Skill Needs Among Employers


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Northeast Indiana Works and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership have joined to survey region employers about internship utilization across all industries and skill needs among the top-employing industries.

The survey, being carried out with assistance from the Community Research Institute at IPFW, will be used to enhance and develop regional workforce initiatives and programs, said Rick Farrant, director of communications for Northeast Indiana Works.

“We have a wealth of anecdotal and general information about internships and skill needs, but very little in the way of more comprehensive, region-specific, employer-provided data,” Farrant said. “This survey will be helpful in ensuring a robust regional economy through talent development and attraction.”

Said Ryan Twiss, director of regional initiatives at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership:  “Supplying employers with people who possess the right skills and experience is becoming increasingly challenging regionally, especially as the unemployment rate drops and the workforce ages. It’s critical that regional employers participate in this survey to help Northeast Indiana promote and support initiatives that meet the workforce needs of regional employers.”

Deadline for completing the survey is December 20. Employers can access the survey by visiting


About Northeast Indiana Works

Northeast Indiana Works, the region’s workforce development board, provides public and private financial and employment resources to businesses and individuals for education and skills training to meet the needs of regional industries. The nonprofit sets policy for how public and private funds are utilized to support talent development. It also operates and staffs the 11 county-based WorkOne Northeast career centers in the region. Individuals and companies may access resources and services by visiting or calling WorkOne in their county. To find your local WorkOne, log on to


About the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership with the mission to build, market and sell Northeast Indiana to increase business investment. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. The Partnership supports 11 member counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. For more information, visit




Rick Farrant
Director of Communications
Northeast Indiana Works
Office: 260.469.4306
Cell: 260.414.6249

Ryan Twiss
Director of Regional Initiatives  
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
Office: 260.469.3464
Cell: 260.438.6327

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