CTA Red and Purple Modernization Project Team, Walsh-Fluor kick of first RPM construction careers networking fair

Aug. 21, 2019
CTA and RPM design-build contractor seek to provide training and career opportunities for RPM and other major projects. 

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Walsh-Fluor design-build team are hosting construction careers networking fairs for the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) project to diversify the project’s workforce and reach disadvantaged workers and communities throughout Chicago.  

The fairs will provide information about training and career opportunities that can lead to work on RPM, other CTA projects and other Chicago construction projects.  

Participants at the RPM Construction Careers Networking Fair will be able to: 

  • Learn more about what kind of jobs will be available on the project; 

  • How to qualify and apply for jobs that will be created; and 

  • Network with union representatives and job assistance agencies to learn how to become eligible and ready to work on construction jobs throughout Chicago, including apprenticeship opportunities. 

More details about the event can be found on the CTA’s website.  

“As with all CTA construction projects, our goal is to provide access to training and assistance for people who want to build careers in construction,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “By removing barriers to career training and employment, the RPM project strengthens our communities and local economy and allows people to obtain good-paying jobs to support themselves and their families.” 

Construction trade unions participating in the event include carpenters, cement masons, electrical workers, elevator constructors, ironworkers, laborers, operating engineers, painters and plumbers. 

“We want people to leave here with a clear understanding about how to begin a career in the trades,” said Walsh-Fluor Project Executive Dave Shier. “We want to demystify the process and to help job candidates make meaningful connections that could lead to a job.” 

Job assistance agencies will also be on hand, including American Job Centers (AJCs), which can help people understand Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) certification. WIOA certification helps people who face significant barriers to employment find quality jobs. Three AJCs representing the north, south and west sides of Chicago will be present. 

Pre-apprenticeship programs participating in the networking fair include Chicago Women in Trades, CISCO and Dawson Technical Institute.  

The event is the first in a series of RPM career networking fairs that the CTA and Walsh-Fluor will host throughout the five-year project. There will be job opportunities at the beginning of the project and throughout, as work progresses. The events are also opportunities to learn about jobs on other CTA projects and throughout the construction industry.