Connect with The Partnership

Claudia Cattouse, Director of Community Innovations and Impact


The Partnership works with employers to recruit and place individuals in construction sector employment, administering construction trades initiatives that meet industry demand for training and apprenticeship programs with public agencies and private contractors. The Partnership works to ensure that women and people of color, who have traditionally been excluded from these unionized career opportunities with family-sustaining wages, have access to a career in this sector.

About Our Initiatives

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ConstructionWorks: ConstructionWorks Powered by the Illinois Tollway and administered by The Partnership is a free program designed to link job seekers with opportunities for rewarding careers in Illinois’ high-demand transportation-related construction industry. The Partnership has created services to connect contractors and job seekers who live in Chicago.

Jackson Park Transportation Improvements: The City of Chicago, through the Department of Planning and Development ) and CDOT, is working on several roadway changes and transportation improvement projects in Chicago’s Jackson Park that will support the Obama Presidential Center and the Chicago Park District’s South Lakefront Framework Plan. CDOT has partnered with The Partnership to connect local residents with construction jobs for the project. If you would like to apply for these hiring opportunities, please complete the form here.

These Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in The Partnership’s network support construction initiatives:

Awaken Chicago Midwest Business Consulting St Paul Church
BCS OAI, Inc. XD Tech
Central States SER Revolution Workshop YWCA
Equus Workforce Solutions SERCO
KRA St Augustine College – IWE