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Partnership to offer a free union trades pre-apprenticeship program

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HIRE360, a nonprofit that connects underserved minori­ty businesses and communities to jobs in the building trades across the region, recently an­nounced it is collaborating with Project H.O.O.D. for Pre-Ap­prenticeship Program recruit­ment. Founded in 2011 by Pas­tor Corey B. Brooks, Project H.O.O.D. provides mentor­ship, skills training and com­munity for residents on Chica­go’s South Side with the goal of ending the cycle of poverty, vio­lence and incarceration by pro­viding alternatives to crime, ne­glect and hopelessness.

Together, these organizations will work to recruit candidates into union trades apprenticeship programs and prepare them for work opportunities in upcom­ing construction projects. This 12-week program will incorpo­rate industry-recognized cur­riculum, help candidates access credentials such as CPR certifi­cation and OSHA-10 training, and prepare candidates to com­pete and succeed in the appren­ticeship application process.

“Our program prepares work­ers to apply for apprenticeships,” says Jay Rowell, Executive Di­rector of HIRE360. “The op­portunities in unionized con­struction are incredible and we’re grateful to partner with Project H.O.O.D. on this pro­gram and expand recruitment across the South Side.”

“We realized that historical­ly the unions have kept Black and brown people from having an opportunity to participate,” said Pastor Corey B. Brooks, CEO of Project H.O.O.D. and founder and Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago. We believe this part­nership will create pathways of opportunities that will be ben­eficial to all including minori­ties.”

Upcoming outreach events will be held Wednesday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m. and Friday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m.

HIRE360 and Project H.O.O.D.’s collaboration for a pre-apprenticeship program is funded in part by the Illinois Works Jobs Program Act. The Il­linois Works Jobs Program Act was created as a result of Gov­ernor Pritzker’s historic $45 bil­lion capital plan and his com­mitment to expanding equity in Illinois’ construction work­force. The program provides training to prepare underrepre­sented populations in the con­struction and building trades. This includes women, people of color and veterans.

Individuals who are interested in learning more can fill out the assessment form at https://hire­360chicago.com/projecthood/.

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