CTA Hosts Workforce Outreach Event to Connect Career-Seekers with Workforce Agencies and Contractors to Work on CTA Projects

October 9, 2023

Anyone interested in a career in construction is invited to learn about CTA construction projects, the job opportunities on them, and available workforce resources 

As workforce needs continue to grow in the construction industry, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will be hosting an event to connect people interested in a career in the trades with workforce partners, construction contractors and building trade labor union representatives.   

Tuesday’s event at Gately Park in Chicago’s South Side will provide career seekers with training resources and job opportunities on CTA’s transformational projects, such as the Red & Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase I, Red Line Extension (RLE), All Stations Accessible Program (ASAP), the Western Brown Line station rehabilitation and the multi-phased Forest Park Branch Rebuild.    

During this workforce outreach event, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with CTA staff, workforce partners, contractors, and union representatives, including:  

  • Operating Engineers Local 150 
  • Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 
  • Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership  
  • HIRE360 
  • Metropolitan Family Services 
  • John Burns Construction Company 

“CTA strives for the workforce on our projects to reflect the communities we serve,” said JuanPablo Prieto, CTA Director of Diversity Programs.  “CTA established aggressive workforce goal on our construction contracts for dislocated workers, Section 3 Workers, union apprentices, and residents of economically disadvantaged areas (EDA) within the CTA Service Area." 

Tuesday’s event is the latest in a series of measures taken by the CTA to extend career opportunities to help foster economic growth in the communities it serves: 

      Tuesday, October 10

        10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

   Gately Park

  (Dr. Conrad Worrill Track & Field Center) 

10201 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago IL 60628

  Registration: https://Q4-Workforce-Outreach.eventbrite.com 

CTA will continue to host various outreach events to connect career-seekers with resources and opportunities in the construction industry. These events are held on a quarterly basis to inform career-seekers of opportunities leading up to the start of project work and throughout the projects’ progression.     

Prieto also noted that on the CTA’s current mega-project, so far, 484 EDA-residents have worked over 443 thousand labor hours and have earned over $24.8 million. We are doing our part to diversify the construction industry by setting goals that serve as the floor and we expect our contractors to reach for the ceiling." 

Contact CTA’s Diversity Programs at diversity@transitchicago.com if you have questions about the event.   

Firms and individuals interested in participating in events can learn at www.transitchicago.com/diversity-programs/ 


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