INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Free construction training aims to attract 1,000 new workers to the field – and pays special attention to Hoosiers who have faced barriers to economic mobility.
BY Plus construction and NeighborLink organizations meet for the first time and offer a free eight-week construction course.
A representative of the groups said communities will always need construction jobs, so this partnership will not only provide skill, but also help some of the city’s low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
“I am surrounded by great people every day. Classmates, teachers, instructors – this is a wonderful course and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, ”said student Deon Maxwell.
BY plus Training offers hands-on experience and certification through the paid program.
“It’s really about providing services in order to bring people who have barriers that might have had difficulty in their lives on a path to being able to access one of those high paying jobs in the health care industry. construction, ”said Nate Klinck of Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation.
Some students are just starting to learn the trade by following the basics. Others like Maxwell have experience but hope to gain some more financial security by achieving OSHA certification.
“It gives me more credibility and opens up more doors and ideas for me,” said Maxwell.
The BY program has been around since 2018, but this is the first time it has partnered with the nonprofit NeighborLink, which does repairs for low-income seniors and people with disabilities – and now helps those with disabilities. students to gain experience.
“They end up being part of a community donation, the way we think about it,” Klinck said.
Although this course is ending, the next one starts in October and registration is open. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.