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Bronzeville, Near South Side

Looking For A Job In The Trades? Construction Expo In Bronzeville Thursday Offers A Path

Learn about career opportunities in the trades at St. Paul's Seventh Annual Construction Conference and Expo at 9 a.m. Thursday.

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BRONZEVILLE — Residents interested in a career in the trades will have an opportunity to learn about the pathways available at St. Paul Community Development Ministries’ Construction Conference and Expo Thursday.

Now in its seventh year, the expo aims to make the trade industry more accessible to those in marginalized communities by preparing them for U.S. Department of Labor-registered apprenticeship programs through a 12-week training program.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the church at 4550. S. Wabash Ave.

Attendees can expect to take an aptitude test to start the eligibility process for the program. People employed in the building trades (painters, carpenters, bricklayers, electricians and plumbers) will be on hand to answer questions and offer guidance.

St. Paul’s program has helped over 220 residents find careers in the trades, according to executive director Betty Jones.

“The unions are aging out, so they’re looking for eligible candidates,” said Jones. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to see everything that builds the city of Chicago.”

Participants must bring a valid driver’s license, birth certificate and high school diploma or GED certificate. Those selected for the training program will also need access to reliable transportation.

While it is helpful to register for the event in advance online, those unable to do so will still be able to attend.

For more information, contact Jones at 773-538-5120.

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