Region 4 Workforce Board

Annie Ropeik

In the coming months, Subaru needs to add hundreds of workers at its huge Lafayette plant. But it hasn't been easy for the car-maker or other manufacturers to hire people with the right skills.

So they're teaming up, with trainings starting in April, to create a new workforce from scratch.

Lafayette's Subaru of Indiana Automotive, or SIA, is the only Subaru factory outside Japan. Inside, 5,000 people are turning chunks of steel into cars.

A new initiative through the Region Four Workforce Board aims at connecting manufacturers and skilled workers.

It’s called “Advancing Manufacturing: We Have Jobs Here, We Have Training Here.” Besides listing open positions at companies in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties, it offers free training for job seekers.

Region 4 CEO Roger Feldhaus says the effort is in response to employers who have expressed concerns about the quality of the current labor pool.