Building Maintenance Jobs in Chicago
Energy-efficient building; Landscaping and urban forestry
The goal of the Green Building Maintenance workforce partnership is to help Chicago’s public housing residents enter employment with career pathway potential. The partnership focuses on building maintenance sectors with emerging green jobs, including green building maintenance and integrated pest management. The workforce partnership is led by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), which provides project management and facilitates coordination among the partners. Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Council and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) provide green building maintenance occupational training. Safer Pest Control Project provides integrated pest management (IPM) occupational training. Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS) recruits participants and provides case management services for the CCC Building Maintenance program. Employer and Employment Services (E&ES) recruits participants, provides case management, and conducts job-readiness skills training for the IPM and the LEED Council Building Maintenance programs. E&ES also coordinates transitional job placements for IPM and conducts employer engagement and job placement and retention services for all three programs.
The Green Building Maintenance workforce partnership prepares CHA residents for entry-level jobs with career advancement potential in green building maintenance and related occupations, including interior and landscape pest management. As part of Chicago’s Plan for Transformation initiative, CHA aligns its FamilyWorks resident support resources around occupational training in green building industry sectors to prepare residents for jobs that will lead to economic self-sufficiency. The Plan for Transformation requires all public housing residents to be working or actively participating in job preparation activities in order to retain their eligibility for public housing. CHA provides every resident with case management, educational, occupational training and job placement assistance to enable residents to meet the work participation requirement. The Green Building Maintenance workforce partnership provides a forum for these resources to be coordinated around the specific job-readiness needs of the building construction and maintenance sector, with a special focus on green building practices to make graduates more competitive in the job market.
The Green Building Maintenance workforce partnership provides flyers and in-person briefings to all of CHA’s Family Works case managers to help them identify residents who are interested in the building trades. CHA provides every resident with a comprehensive literacy and occupational interest assessment, leading to the creation of an individual service plan. Participants who are interested in construction-related careers and who have at least sixth grade level reading and math skills are referred to the appropriate Green Building Maintenance partner for interviews to assess their readiness for training. Case managers work with each participant throughout the program to identify barriers to successful training and employment, and then access needed support services.
Building Maintenance – Direct Placement Program
LEED Council offers a 7-week training in green building maintenance that includes a basic skills component and technical training. Basic skills are integrated into the classroom training and focus largely on contextualized math. The technical training includes hands-on training in...