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Shoshiwa Shields, Manager of Construction Initiatives


Natasha Vinson, Construction Initiatives Program Coordinator


About 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.

With a network of training partners throughout Northern Illinois, you’ll gain access to comprehensive job training, support, placement and retention services, so that you can work, thrive and secure long-term employment in the construction industry.

ConstructionWorks supports men and women seeking career opportunities and advanced participation within the skilled building trades including heavy highway construction. Services are available at designated locations throughout Chicago, Suburban Cook County, Waukegan, Aurora and Rockford.

How do I apply?

If you are over the age of 18, and you live in Chicago, Suburban Cook County, Waukegan, Aurora and Rockford, this might be for you.

This interest form will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Once completed, you will be contacted directly by a member of the ConstructionWorks team.

Construction Union Trades – Exam Preparation Course Currently Full

Midwest Business Consultants (MBC) and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) host a free online class to help unemployed and underemployed Illinois residents interested in joining the union and working on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Red Purple Modernization project (RPM). The Partnership is working directly with contractors to fill construction trade positions on the CTA RPM. The organizations are offering an 18-hour exam preparation course that covers careers in the skilled trades and helps prepare participants to successfully pass a number of trade union entrance exams, including electricians, carpenters, ironworkers, heavy equipment operators, and more.

Registration for this exam preparation course is now full. Please check back here for more information or text SkillTrades to 474747 to receive up-to-date information. In the meantime, please consider filling out an interest form for Chicago Works or the CTA Red Purple Line Modernization project.

You may direct any additional questions about the exam preparation course to Shoshiwa Shields, Manager of Construction Initiatives at