Our BIPartner Instructional Model provides collaboration between industry, professional tradespeople (as instructors), education systems, and organizations (such as 4-H), to bridge the interest and the talent gap in the skilled trades. Through this alliance, we provide the system and support for introductory courses providing practice of both hands-on technical skills as well as enhanced knowledge of soft skills needed to succeed in each trade. Upon conclusion of the class series, our departure packet includes the next steps to explore opportunities for further education, funding for both education and training, and training and employment opportunities.  Industry-specific employment and salary data are also provided.

Big Ideas, Inc. licensed courses and clubs are designed for today’s busy families. They are formatted to create a close approximation of “grandpa’s shop” and “grandma’s kitchen” where learners can create a useful, take-home project while enjoying a local, economical, and small class. Although all courses and clubs are introductory level only, courses are tiered in progressive difficulty. All classes are designed to provide a student with the chance to connect with a pro and “test drive” a trade before committing fully to further education or a career change.