Project H.O.O.D. Skilled Trades Program: Construction Training

Project H.O.O.D. (PH) will partner with ABC-IL (Associated Builders and Contractors, Illinois Chapter) and POAH's (Preservation of Affordable Housing) Woodlawn Resource Center to enroll and train up to 20 opportunity youth between the ages of 18-24 in a pre-apprenticeship training in Core and Carpentry Level 1 through 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 2 cohorts of 10 with the first cohort training June 1, 2017 – August 11, 2017 and the second cohort training February 1, 2018 – April 13, 2018. The initial 20 trainees will be men and women aged 18-24. In the future 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. The goal is to place all successful trainees of the program into entry level or apprenticeship positions with local construction companies. The trainees of the program will learn about different career paths with construction companies.

Project H.O.O.D. is actively seeking partnerships with local construction companies and contractors to commit to hire the successful trainees of the program. We are seeking both union and non-union companies as we would like to offer all options to the trainees. Please contact us if you would like to be involved with this program.