Careers For Individuals

For more than 50 years, the Indiana Plan has helped 1,000’s of minorities, women and disadvantaged Hoosiers start a career in the state’s construction trades.

Careers for individuals

The Indiana Plan assists individuals in finding a career in the union building trades. There are more than a dozen union building trades in Indiana to consider.

“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

Participating union building trades  generally share the following requirements.

  • Must be 18 years old.
  • High school diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma (formerly GED).
  • Valid Indiana driver’s license.
  • Mandatory drug screen.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • 9th-grade math and reading levels based on test of adult basic education (TABE).

Applicants with felonies are welcome to apply.

Classroom learning

  • Orientation to Building Trades:
    • Required paperwork.
  • Visits by trade apprenticeship coordinators:
    • Who we are. What we do. What we are looking for.
  • Basic needs of all trades:
    • Tape-measure reading.
    • Communication between employee and employer.
    • Expectation from employee.
    • Time management.
  • Math skills:
    • Pre-Apprenticeship Training Manual.
    • Chapters 1-15.
  • OSHA 10 Construction.
  • Visits by past Indiana Plan trainees.
  • Life skills.
  • Financial management.
  • Apprentice job interview skills:
    • Mock interviews.
    • Drug testing.
    • TABE testing.

Apprentice Testimonials

 Never before has there been so much opportunity in an industry that is so vital to Indiana and to our country. A career in construction is a career you can be proud to be a part of, in an industry where you can truly make a difference by helping to build your community.



How do I enroll?

First, you need to complete an application by applying online or applying at one of our training facilities. Applicants are required to meet the following entry-level requirements:

  • 18 years old.
  • High school diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma (formerly GED).
  • Valid Indiana driver’s license.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Pass a drug screen.

Once you have completed your application, you will be contacted at a later date for testing and an interview.

What is the Indiana Plan?

The Indiana Plan is a pre-apprenticeship training program sponsored by the Indiana State Building Trades. The Indiana Plan recruit, informs and educates eligible program participants about the steps to take to become accepted into construction apprenticeship programs. Trainees participating in the Indiana Plan program prepare for the apprenticeship aptitude test, work on good interviewing techniques, job readiness and resume preparation, and they receive counseling on upcoming apprenticeship openings in the construction trades.

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