Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb unveiled a program on Monday that will pay training and education costs for employers and workers in high demand fields.

The Republican says the education entitlement should help train workers — from welders and machinists, to nursing assistants and IT techs — for skilled and advanced technology jobs, which require more than a high school diploma.

“Indiana is going to cover the cost of our Hoosiers getting the certificates they need to move up that economic ladder,” Holcomb said during a news conference at the Allison Transmission factory in Indianapolis.

The “Next Level Jobs” initiative, as it is called, sets aside about $24 million over the next two years.

Roughly $14 million will go toward covering the cost of tuition for certificate programs that takes less than two years to complete at Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University, according to state officials.

The other $10 million will be used to reimburse employers that provide specialized on-the-job training for new hires. Each employer could collect up to $2,500 per worker.

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