One of the reasons the Elizabethtown area has seen such impressive growth over the past several years is our talented, motivated and well-trained workforce, not to mention dedicated workforce development professionals who will work with incoming organizations to help them find the right employees. We are blessed with a sizable, skilled working age population, and one able to support a variety of occupations and industries – A workforce that combines the much desired mid-western and southern agricultural work ethic and, because of nearby Fort Knox, the military veteran’s sense of duty.
Additionally, thanks, in part, to low traffic and excellent highways, we attract workers from a regional population of more than one million, many of whom commute from Louisville, neighboring counties and beyond. And because our region offers friendly neighborhoods, great amenities, and a low cost of living, relocating organizations have little trouble convincing current employees to make the move.
That same quality of life is what keeps transitioning soldiers right here in our community once their military obligation is complete, and because of that, local businesses are the beneficiary of a continually growing number of highly skilled, well disciplined workers who are eager to join the local workforce. Add the availability of nearby training options, from technical education to colleges, and you’ve got everything you need to grow and sustain a vibrant workforce.
Training–Elizabethtown/Hardin County Industrial Foundation Training Consortium
The Elizabethtown Hardin County Industrial Foundation Training Consortium (EIFTC) is making sure our community maintains its workforce advantage. EIFTC is a collaborative effort among existing businesses/industries, the Hardin County Facility Managers’ Association, EHCIF and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC). The consortium exists to continuously improve our globally competitive workforce, to strengthen existing companies and to attract new and relocating companies through the development and implementation of various training programs (i.e. maintenance, robotics, regulatory and soft skills).
Local businesses/industries that join the EIFTC may serve on specialized committees, have class priority and receive discounted class fees. Annual membership is $500.
Benefits of joining include:
- Upgrade employee skills
- Cost-effective training solutions
- Access to local training resources
- Training at multiple levels
- Workforce needs assessment
- Monthly forums
- Customized curriculum
- Flexible class schedules
- Computer software training
- Invaluable networking opportunities
- Strategic community partnerships
If interested in membership in the Elizabethtown/Hardin County Industrial Foundation Training Consortium, please complete the EIFTC APPLICATION (click on link) and forward along with your membership fee of $500 to: EIFTC, 233 Ring Road, Suite 150, Elizabethtown, KY 42701. For additional information about the training consortium, call the EHCIF at 270-737-0300.
In many instances, the work of the consortium helps to identify workforce needs and leads to the development of long-term solutions to meet these demands. In fact, recently, ECTC, with support from a local manufacturer, established a new state-of-the-art robotics training facility that provides additional specialized training opportunities for the region’s workforce. Add to this local offerings of the MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) program, specialized plastics curriculum, and much more, and it is clear that the community’s workforce development professionals are proactive and agile in meeting the needs of local business and industry today and well into the future.