A new workforce program in Indiana is looking to pair people with disabilities with jobs in the recycling industry.

November 9, 2023

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A new workforce program in Indiana is looking to pair people with disabilities with jobs in the recycling industry.

The Vocational Training and Empowerment Center is introducing a new program that will give people with intellectual or developmental disabilities the chance to earn a Basic Production Principles certification and training in electronics recycling.

Electronics Recycling International, VTEC, Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation and Ivy Tech Community College are teaming together to address two workforce issues: the shortage of qualified workers in e-recycling and the percentage of unemployed disabled adults.

“With an increase in jobs and a decrease in workforce participation, it is important to share the message with employers that this is an overlooked group of individuals that represent an untapped labor force,” Opportunity Enterprises CEO Neil Samahon said in a news release. “This is one of the reasons our new VTEC training partnership is so important.”

At the Plainfield, Ind. facility, Electronics Recycling International created a classroom and skills lab that supporters of the initiative hope to make an inclusive and supporting environment. Course materials will be provided in the space as well as hands-on training opportunities that could lead to a full-time job.

“This work aligns perfectly with our commitment to sustainability and ongoing dedication to developing a diverse and inclusive workforce,” ERI’s Chairman and CEO John Shegerian said in the release. “With this program we are not only recycling electronics and keeping toxic e-waste out of landfills, but we are also providing career opportunities in a sustainable industry for people who are differently abled.”

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