Linde has today announced the expansion of its Indiana-based Skills Workforce Development Programme in order to help address the increased demand for skilled workers.

Funded through a $200,000 contribution from Linde’s Global Giving Programme, and in collaboration with Ivy Tech Community College, the Skills Pipeline programme will train students for careers in production and maintenance technology.

“We are excited that these high school students have committed to developing these skills and are proud to provide the resources to encourage them. This programme helps students invest in their futures and allows us to help promote a more capable workforce long term,” said Dr. Anne Roby, Executive Vice-President of Linde.

The new programme is the first in the Skills Pipeline family to offer formal training to dual-credit students finishing high school in Northwest Indiana and aligns with the state’s next level jobs workforce initiative.

The Skills Pipeline programme features strong collaborations between industry, government and educators, providing students with a strong platform for success.

“We are committed to educating the 21st Century workforce in a manner that equips it with the skills necessary to succeed,” said Louie Gonzalez, Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Lake County campus.”

“In order to do this, we need viable partnerships and investment of resources. This collaboration illustrates our commitment to the students of today and the workforce of tomorrow here in Northwest Indiana.”