LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Greater Louisville Inc. is launching the Career Acceleration Network, an initiative that will move workers from low-paying, low-skilled jobs to high-skilled jobs with family-supporting wages.
The two-year pilot program is based around a talent pipeline comprised of 15 employers from a range of industries, several educational and training providers, and workforce partners that will work together to train participants and help them advance into sustainable, long-term careers. Current career pathway offerings include business services, health care, hospitality, manufacturing and technology.
Participating employers hail from a variety of industries with open positions that vary in skill level and requirements. The jobs are divided into tiers that give participants the opportunity to develop new skills in entry-level jobs, advance within the organization, then move to a different organization in a higher-skilled role. In addition, the program will help encourage workforce participation among formerly incarcerated individuals, with several employers offering second chance opportunities.
Employers in the pipeline include:
- Baptist Health
- Caesars Southern Indiana
- Galt House Hotel (AJS Hotels)
- GE Appliances, a Haier Co.
- Generation Tux
- Glowtouch Technology
- Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
- LG&E and KU Energy
- Louisville Geek
- Northwest Ordinance Distilling
- Norton Healthcare
- Rogers Group
- Superb IPC
- voestalpine Roll Forming Co.
Entry-level positions start at $11 per hour and wages increase through the pipeline up to $31.50 per hour, with salaried positions that pay between $36,000 and $80,000 per year. In addition to employee satisfaction, employers also benefit from decreased turnover, as participants agree to a minimum tenure at each company as they gain skills to move up the ladder.
Participants will receive an individualized pathway that provides them with a clear roadmap to a higher-paying career and the necessary upskilling to move on an upward trajectory. Participants can learn more and apply here.
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