Highway, Road Construction Training Class Launches
The Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation are offering a free training program they say will help workers qualify for highway and road construction jobs in only eight weeks. The foundation says thousands of highway jobs will need to be filled as the state gears up for road construction season.
The BY Roads training class is scheduled to start February 21 in Indianapolis and will provide skills and certifications needed for job interviews. INDOT says construction jobs usually pay $18 an hour and include benefits.
“Our goal is to train skilled workers and laborers so they can immediately start working,” said Chris Price, president of the Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation. “This is a win for the students, who want good-paying full-time jobs; a win for the construction companies who want trained, reliable workers; and a win for Indiana, which will continue to grow and thrive economically.”
The class will also offer hands-on training in highway construction safety, hand and power tools, and skid steer operation, among others.
“INDOT is excited to partner with ICRF on the BY Roads training initiative,” said INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness. “This training opportunity complements INDOT’s mission of providing a safe and innovative transportation infrastructure, and will improve the quality of life of its participants by allowing them to obtain skills in the heavy highway industry that will make them attractive candidates for construction jobs.”
Students who complete the class will also earn three industry certifications: NCCER Core, OSHA-10 and ATSSA Flagger, plus a certificate for Skid Steer operation.
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