(courtesy of Finish Line I-69/INDOT)

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 just eight weeks. The foundation says thousands of highway jobs will need to be filled as the state prepares for the road construction season.

The BY Roads training class is scheduled to begin Feb. 21 in Indianapolis and will provide the skills and certifications needed for job interviews. INDOT says construction jobs typically pay $18 an hour and include benefits.

“Our goal is to train skilled laborers and tradespeople so they can start working immediately,” said Chris Price, president of the Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation. “This is a win for students, who want full-time, well-paying jobs; a victory for construction companies that want trained and reliable workers; and a victory for Indiana, which will continue to grow and prosper economically.

The class will also provide hands-on training in highway construction safety, hand and power tools, and skid steer loader operation, among others.

“INDOT is delighted to partner with ICRF on the BY Roads training initiative,” said INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness. “This training opportunity complements INDOT’s mission to provide safe and innovative transportation infrastructure, and will improve the quality of life of its participants by providing them with skills in the heavy highway industry that will make them attractive candidates for construction jobs.”

Students who complete the course will also earn three industry certifications: NCCER Core, OSHA-10, and ATSSA Flagger, as well as a certificate for Skid Steer operation.

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