Red Ahead: Red & Purple Modernization

Workforce opportunities

Get access to training, apprenticeships and more thru RPM that can build careers. 

Check out a recent Ch. 7 story about how RPM is helping connect people to training and jobs.

ACE Trades Day November 2020

From the beginning of this project, RPM has been about making a better future for all Chicagoans, including Chicago students. The CTA RPM team hosted 40 Chicago Public School high school students at our ACE Trades Day on Nov. 18. Students learned from CTA, RPM contractor Walsh-Fluor and the highly respected ACE Mentor Program about how to pursue construction- and engineering-related careers through our historic RPM project. 

Click on the videos below to meet some of our team members and hear them talk about what it's like to work on this project and how they got into this industry.













RPM project is providing training, apprenticeships and more that can build careers

CTA’s RPM project may physically take place in one part of the city, but its impact spans the entire metropolitan area, and goes beyond improving public transit for Chicagoans. 

Through RPM, we have  created a unique workforce development and opportunity program that is already connecting motivated individuals to training, education, and labor apprenticeships that ultimately led to work on construction projects including RPM. This opportunity is open to everyone.

We have partnered with two notable workforce agencies to help recruit people who want to work, with outreach to Chicago’s most economically disadvantage zip codes. 

To get started, contact our partners here:



Meet our first CTA RPM Elevating Futures Scholarship winners!


Watch the video and read our press release. Congratulations, Jasmine, George and Jorge!

Join CTA's Construction Talks to Learn More About Careers in Construction

construction_talks_logoAre you interested in a career in construction? Learn how by joining our free Construction Talks webinars. Construction Talks are events that are aimed at helping motivated people build careers in the construction industry.

Registration is required. Click here to register for the next event on July 10, 2020, to learn about training and apprenticeship opportunities that can lead to work on major construction projects like the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project and more. Start your future now!

RPM workforce newsletters

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.




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

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


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

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.