Founded in 1967, the Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Inc. (CAF) is a regional construction industry trade association with over 500 affiliated contractor companies. The CAF serves professional contractors working in Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, Starke, and Jasper Counties in Indiana. Contractors affiliated with the CAF work primarily in the industrial, commercial, public works, and institutional markets of the construction industry. The mission of the CAF is to serve the professional construction industry of Northwest Indiana by enhancing quality through safety, professional development, cooperation, and by advancing the economic environment and public policies which affect CAF contributors. To fulfill this mission, the CAF works on a broad range of program areas including safety training, supervisory/management training, workforce development, legislative advocacy, and labor-management relations.
The Construction Advancement Foundation is Northwest Indiana’s leading institution on developing and promoting educational programs that expand and strengthen the safety, quality, productivity, and professionalism of the construction industry. Our state-of-the-art facility has over 10,000 square feet of classroom and training space dedicated to advancing the skills and knowledge of the men and women who work in construction. Courses offered through the Construction Advancement Foundation constantly evolve as new technologies and relevant topics emerge within the industry. Taught by some of the industry’s most knowledgeable instructors, we offer professional development and continuing education courses for professionals in every facet of construction including apprentices, journeypersons, field supervision, project managers, project engineers, estimators, administrative support staff, and executive management.
The CAF develops and delivers a wide variety of professional development programs which are designed to enhance self-performance and business growth.
Reflecting the commitment its affiliated contractors have to safety in the workplace, the CAF operates and aggressive and comprehensive safety training program. Annually, the CAF provides over 20,000 man-hours of safety training to professional contractors and skilled craftsmen.
Advocacy is one of the most important services we provide to our contributors. Government policies have an impact on the construction industry. We work on behalf of our contributors to educate local, state, and federal lawmakers and bring awareness on how legislative and executive branch policies affect the economic condition of our contributors and the construction industry as a whole.
The CAF believes that a well-educated, highly skilled workforce helps to strengthen our local economy and ensure a high quality of life in our region. The CAF has strong ties to our communities and we work closely with regional high schools, career & technical training centers, and universities to promote construction as a viable and rewarding career path. We developed the We Build Northwest website which is a valuable resource for individuals who are interested in the various careers within the industry. The CAF’s Workforce Development staff can also assist local high schools and universities to help educate students on the various career paths available in the construction industry.
The long-term health of the construction industry depends on labor and management working together. The CAF helps both sides identify issues of mutual concern and facilitates the steps that help to strengthen the professional construction industry. The activities in which the CAF works to strengthen include economic development, workforce development, industry promotion, education, and project delivery systems.