Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership and CDOT recruiting construction workers

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Construction workers at the Jackson Park Mobility Project worksite in Chicago's Jackson Park; September 2022.

Chicago Construction News staff writer

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The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and F.H. Paschen are working together to recruit construction workers for road projects.

CDOT is working on several roadway changes and mobility improvement projects in Chicago’s Jackson Park that will support the Obama Presidential Center and the Chicago Park District’s South Lakefront Framework Plan. The project will increase green space, improve connectivity and safety for people walking and biking, and accommodate future traffic demand.

To boost the project workforce, CDOT and F.H. Paschen are collaborating to connect local workers with construction jobs on the project. This collaboration “aims to address today’s workforce shortage; the need to diversify the skilled trades where people of color and women have been historically underrepresented; and the need for career-ladder jobs with family wealth building wages and benefits”.

In September, CDOT awarded a construction contract for the Jackson Park Transportation Improvements to F.H. Paschen, a company “ meeting the unprecedented workforce goals for area residents on this state-funded project”, via IDOT’s Highway Construction Careers Training Program.

The contract includes goals of hiring 15 percent of residents of neighborhoods adjacent to Jackson Park and 50 percent Chicago residents. The project also provides opportunities for on-the-job training and creates pre-apprenticeships.

To apply for a position, visit the project website.

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