Praxair, Inc. has announced it has expanded its Skills Pipeline Workforce Development Programme and will be working with Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis “to help take Indiana’s workforce to the next level”.

The new program will offer instruction, career support and professional development opportunities to approximately 50 students training to become advanced manufacturing technologists. After completing the one-year curriculum, students earn a certificate In industrial technology in addition to a number of other skills-based certifications.

The programme is being funded through a $100,000 contribution from Praxair’s Global Giving Program, with a conditional training grant of approximately $100,000 from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and is the latest example of Praxair’s commitment to advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

Indianapolis is home to Praxair Surface Technologies, Inc. (PST), the company’s coatings and technologies business. The training will allow these students to pursue job opportunities as manufacturing and production technicians in industries such as PST’s aviation coatings.

Pierre Lüthi, President of Praxair Surface Technologies, said, “Developing the right workforce with the right skills and building a feeder pool of talent is an imperative for us in PST. This will determine our success in the future. The best way we can make this happen is by developing these deep connections with our community.”

Sue Smith, Vice-President for Technology at Ivy Tech Community College, added, “We are excited to partner with Praxair to provide training for these high-wage, high-demand positions. This is a great model for industry to replicate, creating a pathway to grow and develop highly skilled employees.”

Jim Schellinger, Indiana Secretary of Commerce, commented, “We are thrilled Praxair and Ivy Tech have come together to help take Indiana’s workforce to the next level.”

He continued, “Here in Indiana, we have built an economy that is recogniSed across the globe, offering businesses like Praxair a pro-growth, business-friendly climate. To continue our economic momentum and establish Indiana as a magnet for jobs, we must ensure our workforce is equipped with the skills needed to meet the demands of the 21st century, and we are excited to see businesses like Praxair advance the training of tomorrow’s leaders.”