Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel broke ground on LiUNA Chicagoland Laborers’ District Council Training & Apprentice Fund to its training center.
The expansion will cost $19 million and will allow the Laborers’ to increase training to 1,000 apprentices a year and more than double their current training capacity to 14,000 journeymen and apprentices a year. Currently, the Training and Apprentice Center trains 105 DOL apprentices and 6000 journeymen.
The project includes 70,000 sq. ft. of new space, 12 classrooms, 10 training bays, a 340-capacity auditorium and a 6,000 sq. ft. administrative remodel. The Laborers’ will also double their current training staff of 25 to 48.
Since 2011, Chicago has invested over $35 billion in infrastructure improvements in neighborhoods across city including construction and renovation for schools, libraries, parks, transit, water/sewer main replacement and housing.