The past few years have seen a significant shift in workforce development efforts around the state of Indiana. Looking forward into 2018, leaders around the state have cemented this issue as a top priority for legislation, and more organizations than ever before are focused on tackling this issue head on.
We at the Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation are committed to maximizing our impact, and bringing individuals of the highest possible quality into our industry in order to meet the building needs of Indiana, while also helping individuals realize their full potential through a rewarding career in the construction industry. We are focused on helping people by connecting them directly to employers and training opportunities.
Over past three years, through the Build Your Future Indiana campaign, ICRF volunteers and staff have spoken to over 60,000 students around the state in hundreds of schools. These interactions and efforts are an essential component of the industry’s future, and the ICRF is committed to expanding our student outreach efforts throughout the state in 2018 and 2019. With this goal in mind, we are proud and excited to announce that we have formally partnered with the Indiana Builders Association on our student engagement efforts. The inclusion of residential construction within this outreach umbrella will allow us to connect more individuals than ever before with rewarding careers in construction.
Residential, commercial and horizontal all have many attributes unique to their specific environments and business models. But there is more that ties them together than there is separating them. When considering a career in the industry, a potential candidate or student is faced with very similar pathways, strengths, and characteristics that embody a successful worker in the construction field. By working together, instead of separately, the industry as a whole is able to provide more information and more choices to these people than ever before. The more high-quality individuals who choose to enter any of these areas of construction, the better off the industry as a whole will be. Rolling out with this new partnership are new materials for educators and students, and an interactive quiz that allows people to see which construction fields they are best suited for.
We look forward to building what the future brings, and are looking to new, exciting ways for companies to get engaged. If you have interest in finding out more about how our workforce development efforts can benefit your company or organization, contact Mike Thibideau at firstname.lastname@example.org.