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Spotlight on Building Trades

(La Porte County, IN) - At the LaPorte County Commissioners’ meeting held on Wednesday, Commissioner Sheila Matias continued the LaPorte County WORKS! business report by highlighting the many building trades across northwest Indiana.


"Northwest Indiana was built by the skilled hands of countless hard-working men and women in the building trades who worked together to build the vast industrial complexes, commercial districts, residential neighborhoods, interstates, highways, and railways across the Region," Matias said.

We Build Northwest Indiana is a resource for people interested in construction and maintenance-related careers. 


While some opportunities require a college degree, most require a comprehensive training and education program known as an apprenticeship. Trade Careers include Glaziers, HVAC techs, and Boilermakers, she said.


“Apprenticeship programs can be challenging, but they are the pathway to a full and rewarding career pathway. Matias said that individuals who demonstrate the special blend of academic, mechanical aptitude, and physical requirements will qualify,” Matias said.

Qualities of successful applicants include a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and dependability. General, minimum qualifications include being at least 18 years old, in good physical shape, drug-free, having a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, and a high school diploma or something equivalent to a GED.


To find out more and apply for positions within the building trades, please go to the following websites for apprenticeship applications at https://webuildnwi.com/index.html. The link to the Indiana Plan for the pre-apprenticeship program can be found here: Application Form | Indiana Plan for Equal Employment.

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