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David Williams from Union One reports on a program set up by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to use state money to train construction workers for non-union construction companies – but not for union construction companies.
I just recently became aware of a program that is attached to and uses money from the Daniels Administration “Major Moves” program. the name of the program is “Major Opportunities.” It is a “pre-apprenticeship” program which claims to provide training for students in order to prepare them for careers in the construction industry. the program claims on its web site that graduates receive job placement assistance in union and/or “merit” construction apprenticeship programs. ["merit" is a euphemism for non-union - actually anti-union companies]
Even though the program does claim to place into union apprenticeship programs, it does not list any union programs on the web site. However, it does list the ABC as a training provider in Indianapolis.
I’m glad to see that the Mitch Daniels “Major Moves” initiative is helping to support the ABC training program and assist younger non-union construction workers in working for rat contractors.
For you convenience, I have pasted below some of the literature surrounding this program from the various Indiana DWD web sites as well as links to those sites.
David Williams_______________________________________________ Mitch Daniels Statement about Major Opportunities
“Indiana is entering a building boom. It’s a unique chance for young people, and especially minority youngsters, to get a good-paying job and a strong start in life. We’re going to experience record opportunities, so we want everyone to know about these jobs and that the state can help them get the skills needed to obtain one.” – Mitch Daniels
Major Opportunities is a 16-week pre-apprenticeship program in the construction trades geared toward Indiana’s minority residents. Major Opportunities offers job and skill training to qualified persons to prepare them for construction industry jobs that pay good wages. Participants will receive classroom instruction and will be matched for on-the-job training experience. Graduates of the program will receive job placement assistance in union and/or merit construction apprenticeship programs as well as other career paths. see press release
Major Opportunities provides 100 hours of classroom training of pre-apprenticeship and on-the-job training to Indiana minority residents seeking a career in the building and construction industry, at no cost to the participant. the program is currently offered in Indianapolis, Gary, South Bend, Fort Wayne and Evansville. For additional information on the Major Opportunities program, please contact the Department of Workforce Development, 800-465-4616 or visit the DWD website: www.in.gov/dwd. This is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to people with disabilities.Major Opportunities training providers include:
EvansvilleIvy Tech Community College
Fort WayneIvy Tech Community College
GaryIvy Tech Community CollegeIndiana Plan
IndianapolisAssociation of Builders and ContractorsIvy Tech Community CollegeIndiana PlanAztec
South BendIvy Tech Community CollegeIndiana Plan
Participants selected by the training providers will receive classroom instruction and will be matched for on-the-job training experience. Graduates of the program will receive job placement assistance in union and/or merit construction apprenticeship programs as well as other career assistance._____________________________________________________Ready for a Slice of the $3.8-Billion ‘Major Moves’ Pie? if so, then Read on about the Exciting ‘Major Opportunities’ Program
The 16-Week Pre-Apprenticeship Program Launches Graduates into Rewarding Construction Careers
oung people are the focus of a pre-apprenticeship training program launched in October 2006 called “Major Opportunities.” This 16-week program taps into Indiana’s $3.8-billion deal to lease the Indiana Toll Road to a private company. Just as the “Major Moves” toll-road deal will focus on building new and repairing existing roads and bridges across the state, Major Opportunties centers on providing training to help young people launch careers in the construction trades.
WorkOne has established an online application page for people interested in receiving the training. Go to ONLINE APPLICATION and submit the form with your information. after you do this, a WorkOne of Northern Indiana staff member will contact you about the program.
Here are other links of interest regarding Major Opportunities:
n News story, “Pre-apprenticeship Training Program Taps Into Sky-rocketing Construction launched by $3.8-Billion Major Moves Deal,” from WorkOne Employer eNews; and
n Gov. Mitch Daniels statement about Major Opportunities and information from the state Department of Workforce Development.
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