CONSTRUCT@YWCAChicago is a 6 or 11-week training program that addresses basic skills in fundamental construction knowledge, general work readiness, mathematics, and financial management in the context of preparing for careers in the construction or utility sectors. To learn more about this program, please contact LaShanda Hayes at (312) 439-6229 or click here.


YWCA Laura Parks and Mildred Francis Center

All materials and tools provided.

Additional Project Offerings:

  • Limited transportation assistance
  • Opportunity to spend the day at a worksite to learn more about the work
  • Employment coaching and job placement assistance
  • Post-employment support
Candidate Requirements:
  • Female & Male, age 18 yrs. and older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Birth Certificate
  • Must be able to pass multiple drug screenings
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • Have reliable transportation to travel locally
  • Possess a clean driving record
Program Benefits:
  • Higher pay. Average first-year wages range from $14 – $20 per hour. With additional experience and training, a woman can earn as much as $45.00 per hour.
  • Paid benefits such as health insurance, vacation/sick leave, and retirement.
  • Construction jobs offer advanced employee training as well as on-the-job training.
  • Network with Employer Partners weekly
Typical Entry-Level Jobs:
  • Utility Line Locator/ Damage Prevention Technician
  • Utility Construction Laborer
  • Field Technician
  • General Utility Worker
What do I need to be successful?
  • Must possess good math and reading skills
  • Must be able to work outdoors and in all types of weather conditions
  • Must be able to work in confined spaces, walk, bend, and lift up to 75 pounds

YWCA Chicago launches job placement academy for women and minorities (Courtesy ABC 7 Chicago)