Workforce Development – LDF

Partnerships: Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians 

2016 Summer youth construction class in partnership with Lac du Flambeau Construction. (Photo: LDF Construction Facebook page)

A few years ago, the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (LDF) and ten other tribal nations in Wisconsin launched a formal partnership with the state’s Department of Transporta on (WDOT) to create a State-Certified Apprenticeship program specifically for their tribal citizens. An outgrowth of WDOT’s Tribal Labor Advisory Committee, the program prepares Native participants for and connects them to available construction-related jobs working on state and federal highway projects across Wisconsin through job training, job matching, and ongoing technical support. Program apprentices engage in supervised, structured on-the-job learning, which is sponsored by employers, employers’associations, and labor unions “that have the ability to hire and train in a working environment.” The pilot phase of the program saw Native apprentices constitute more than 17% of project hires, and to date 16 LDF tribal members have completed the program and landed jobs on WDOT-based projects. According to LDF, “We were reading and hearing that local employers increasingly were unable to nd skilled workers in the transportation industry. This initative represents an effective solution to this problem, and it’s putting our people to work.”

CONNECT: Jerome "Brooks" Big John, TERO Director, Lac du Flambeau Band, 


To learn more about LDF's workforce development story, click on the resources below. 

Lac du Flambeau Band website
Jerome "Brooks" Big John: Workforce Development Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (video)
Wisconsin Tribal Labor Advisory Committee website
WIFW: Lac du Flambeau Tribal Employment Rights Office offers Wildland Training 
Lakeland Times: Zimmerman first graduate from LdF Class A CDL Initiative 
2013 Tribal Labor Advisory Committee Final Implementation Plan