Increasing Employment Opportunties

Since 1970, the Indiana Plan has worked to create opportunity for minorities and women in our state’s construction trades.

What We Do

Build Relationships

We’re connecting a new generation of construction professionals with employers throughout Indiana.

Provide Training

We recruit and train minority and women applicants to help fill high demand careers in the construction industry.

About the Indiana Plan

The mission of the Indiana Plan is to provide basic construction awareness training to minorities, women and disadvantaged workers in an effort to increase the percentages of minorities and women working in the construction industry. The overall mission of the Plan is to assist the above populations as they achieve job placement to work toward acceptance into a formal apprenticeship program.

The Indiana Plan is the only pre-apprenticeship program endorsed by the Indiana State Building Trades.

The Indiana Plan has developed strong relationships in the community and is widely known as THE pre-apprenticeship program for the construction industry.


Our History

The Indiana Plan began as a result of Executive Order #11246 from President Lyndon Johnson in 1969. The Indiana Plan has been in continuous operation since 1970. The Indiana Plan has survived by obtaining funding from public and private entities.

The mission of the Indiana Plan is to provide basic construction awareness training to minorities and women in an effort to increase the percentages of minorities and women working in the construction industry. We assist participants as they achieve job placement and work toward acceptance into a formal apprenticeship program. We offer a career, not just a job.



Training takes place throughout the state of Indiana. The curriculum provides candidates with a basic understanding of principles that are required in any building trades program, such as mathematics.

The curriculum also provides a solid background in construction trades, basic life skills and adult basic education. The curriculum, which is approved by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, includes OSHA 10 safety training.



Upon completion of training, the Indiana Plan works with candidates to place them into construction jobs at a training rate. This provides participants with a broader opportunity for employment and also provides valuable experience as they apply to become apprentices within their chosen construction trade. Further, Indiana Plan provides candidates with up-to-date information about the application process with the various apprenticeship programs.

The Indiana Plan has successfully transitioned hundreds of young men and women from a transient-worker status to full-time career-minded individuals. We ask for your support in continuing to help men and women transition into the world of work in the construction industry.


Years Established

Participating Contractors

“Indiana Plan Helped me become a better man and provide for my family​.”

Neal Brown

Our Board Of Directors

Indianapolis Region


Labor union association

Roosevelt Stanford

Business Agent – Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters

Indianapolis, IN
(Co-Chair, Indiana Plan Board of Directors)

Community association

Patricia Roe

VP of Philanthropy
Strada Education Network
Indianapolis, IN

Employer association

Julia Saltsgaver

Executive Director
Quality Connection
1828 N. Meridian Street, Suite 115
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 931-3611 – office

Northwest Indiana Region


Employer association

Dewey Pearman

Executive Director
Construction Advancement Foundation of NW IN
Portage, IN
(219) 764-2882)
(Co-Chair, Indiana Plan Board of Directors)

Labor Union Association

Joree Richards

Business Agent
IBEW Local 697
Merrillville, IN

Community Association

Vanessa Allen

President and CEO
Urban League of NWIN
Gary, IN

South Bend Region


Employer Association

Tony Maloney

KW Services
South Bend, IN

Evansville region

Labor Union Association

Ward Daniels

Field Representative & Organizer
Indiana Labors District council
Terre Haute, IN

Ex Officio Members


John Griffin

Executive Director/Attorney
Central Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council
Indianapolis, IN

Michelle Boyd

Executive Director
Top Notch
Indianapolis, IN

Contact Us

Central Indiana

2122 Dr. Martin Luther King St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

(317) 639-4661

Northern Indiana

780 N Union St.
Hobart, IN  46342

(219) 884-4503