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Building Trades Program Headed for 4 Northern Counties

August 14, 2017
The Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council and Northeast Indiana Works have opened up a free, three-week pre-apprenticeship program to northeastern counties in the region.
The Building Futures initiative, a collaboration of numerous regional entities, will help enhance talent pipelines for construction trades occupations, which include laborers, carpenters, iron and sheet metal workers, plumbers, electricians, bricklayers, insulators, painters, plasterers and roofers. 
“Building Futures is precisely the kind of program we need to ensure that the building trades have a talented, diverse workforce to meet the current and future needs of our region’s growing economy,” said Darryl Esterline, president of the Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council. “We are thrilled that so many exceptional partners have stepped forward to assist us in this effort.”
Among the partners: Northeast Indiana Works, which helped facilitate strategic planning and secured significant funding for the program through a Skill UP Indiana! grant for the pre-apprenticeship program and a separate insurance industry initiative; Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, which is the chief training provider for Building Futures; WorkOne Northeast, which will assist with participant assessments; the Fort Wayne Urban League and the Indiana Plan, which along with Ivy Tech, will provide instruction; the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, which secured funding provided by Chase.
Building Futures accepts applicants 18 years old and older. People who are selected for the program must undergo a pre-assessment process that includes a drug screen. Participants will receive a $100-a-week stipend during the course of the program.
DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble and Steuben county residents interested in the program can visit to sign up or call the building trades at 260-489-8574.
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