Project H.O.O.D. Construction Program

Skilled Trades Training: CORE and Carpentry Level 1

Project H.O.O.D. (PH) is partnering with the Illinois Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC-IL) and Preservation of Affordable Housing's Woodlawn Resource Center (POAH) to enroll and train up to 20 young men and women, between the ages of 18-24, in a pre-apprenticeship training.

Training and certification are Core and Carpentry Level 1 in a 10-week course. The technical training will be conducted by ABC-IL instructors while the Woodlawn Resource Center instructors provide supportive employment coaching and services. 

The 20 participants will be split into two cohorts of 10 with the first cohort training from June 1, 2017 – August 11, 2017 and the second cohort training from February 1, 2018 – April 13, 2018. The initial 20 trainees will be men and women aged 18-24. After the success of these first groups, we hope to expand the program to include all age groups.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, construction is high demand in Cook County with over 12,000 contractors employing over 62,000 people. Construction, as other industrial sectors, is suffering from a huge skills gap problem.

The goal of the program is to successfully train local residents with a desire to pursue careers in construction. We are also working to assist successful trainees with placement into entry level or apprenticeship positions with local construction companies. The trainees of the program will also learn about different career paths with the construction industry.

Project H.O.O.D. is actively seeking partnerships with union and nonunion local construction companies and contractors to commit to hiring the successful trainees of the program.

Please contact us via the form below if you would like to partner with Project H.O.O.D.'s Construction Program. 

To attend orientation on May 17, 2017, please click here.

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