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.
CTA RPM launches new scholarship program!
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Walsh-Fluor Design-Build team (WFDBT) joined Mayor Lightfoot today to announce the new “CTA Elevating Futures Scholarship Fund”, an innovative program that will provide a new path for economically disadvantaged youth who want to go to college and pursue construction and engineering-related careers.
The scholarship program has been created as part of RPM, the CTA’s largest transit improvement project ever. This unique partnership will provide college scholarships and mentoring supports, along with access to career development opportunities, to guide students in launching careers in the construction and engineering industries. The scholarship program will be administered by Chicago Scholars, a mentoring and leadership development organization that helps first-generation college students and students from under-resourced communities navigate transitions into college, through college, and on to careers.
Click here for more information about the program and to apply!
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.
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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 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.