Red Ahead: Red & Purple Modernization

Workforce opportunities

The Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project will create construction and other project-related jobs, as well as opportunities for Chicago small businesses to participate in this historic transit modernization project. This page provides updates on upcoming and past events, and ways to stay in touch with us.

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Electrical & Track Outreach Event Dec. 12, 2019

CTA and the Walsh-Fluor Design Build Team held its first  Electrical & Track Outreach Event"  on December 12, 2019 at  The Northside American Job Center at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson Avenue. In anticipation of upcoming electrical and track employment opportunities, CTA and Walsh-Fluor's event provided interested individuals with the chance to network and connect with companies that will be performing  the electrical and advanced track work and learn about upcoming training opportunities. Attendees also had the opportunity to network with union representatives, job assistance agencies and learn how to become eligible and equipped to work on construction projects throughout Chicago like RPM.

How to reach us

For workforce-related inquiries, please email us at workforceinitiatives@transitchicago.com.

Construction trade union partners training and apprentice opportunities

NOTE:  The section provides information on the application availability, training and skills necessary to succeed in the apprenticeship programs offered by construction trade unions. We will update this page regularly as we bring on new partners and provide updates on where and when to learn more about how to be a part of RPM.

Workforce community partners

NOTE:  The section provides information on a variety of workforce assist agency partners that will provide pre-apprentice training to interested applicants with gaining entry into the construction trades, potentially leading to employment on RPM.

RPM project provides workforce opportunities for ex-offenders

Cleanslate

In partnership with Cleanslate by Cara, CTA's RPM project will provide training and workforce opportunities to formerly incarcerated individuals to provide refuse removal services throughout the RPM project area. Cleanslate has been provided an opportunity to continue transforming Chicago communities and the lives of residents by providing cleaner, safer streets and transitional employment opportunities to people who face significant barriers to obtaining employment. For more information about training and workforce opportunities, visit www.cleanslatechicago.org.

RPM Phase One: CTA’s workforce goals

We are committed to creating opportunity through training and jobs throughout the RPM Phase One project. To that end, we have set the following participation goals:

  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Goal: 10% of total labor hours. WIOA is a dislocated worker program that offers employment and training services in the construction trades for eligible workers who are currently unemployed. 
  • RPM Apprentice Goal: 15% of total labor hours
  • Economically Disadvantaged Area Goal: 35% of total labor hours. The creation of the economically disadvantaged area goal will create opportunities for individuals in zip codes where the median income is less than $40,000. See if your zip code qualifies.