West Side organizations get $1.4M to prepare residents for construction jobs

North Lawndale’s Safer Foundation, East Garfield Park’s Revolution Workshop and Chicago Women and Trades, which is located on the Near West Side, were among 23 Illinois organizations that received $9.6 million in grants from the to fund pre-apprenticeship programs for women and people of color. interested in entering the construction industry.

All three West Side organizations have programs to help minorities in the city who belong to a demographic group that is underrepresented in the construction industry and/or who face barriers to employment in the industry.

The grant is part of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Illinois Works program, which aims to address longstanding racial and gender disparities in the construction industry while increasing the number of people who can work. on projects funded by the Rebuild Illinois Capital Bill. . The program is expected to qualify approximately 1,000 Illinois residents, mostly from Chicago, for construction apprenticeships.

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