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Workforce Development

The Chicago Urban League, through it Workforce Development programs, works to raise African American employment and income levels through job training and placement services, career exposure, career advancement, seminars, coaching and long-term retention strategies.

We help individuals access the skills, knowledge, support and networks they need to enter the workforce and advance in their careers.

The Chicago Urban League operates a full-service employment and training center as well as a career portal for jobseekers and employers. The League has also formed strong relationship and partnerships with local employers and training providers to offer employment and internship opportunities.

Workforce Development Programs 
  • Chicago Urban League Transportation Construction Apprenticeship Readiness Training, Referral and Intermodal Placement Program (TCART)
    The TCART training program is an 11-week hands-on construction training program for residents of Cook, DuPage, Kane, McHenry, Lake and Will County. The program provides mentoring, training, connection with union apprenticeships and placement assistance. This program is funded by IDOT and operated in conjunction with 3 community-based partners, Austin Peoples Community Action Center (APAC), Black Chamber of Commerce of Lake County (BCCLC), United Services of Chicago (USOC), Chicago Laborers District Council Training Center and the Local 150.

  • Success Strategies Workshop – Job Readiness Program
    Success Strategies is our comprehensive training workshop that equips individuals with skills needed to successfully implement an employment search, achieve job readiness, and gain employment. We provide expert training in resume development, career goal planning, financial literacy, professional networking, job search and interview techniques. The career advancement elements highlight creating and promoting your personal brand, developing professional and leadership skills, and building character and confidence

  • Malcolm X Construction Community Jobs Program
    This program is presented in collaboration with City Colleges of Chicago for the New Malcolm X College Construction Project. CUL has launched a comprehensive Community Jobs program to ensure wide-spread awareness of the job opportunities created through this project with City Colleges of Chicago.

  • Financial Empowerment Center (FEC)
    The Financial Empowerment Center is an Integrated Service Delivery Model to assist clients and maximize their resources and build wealth with a plan, support, and steady steps towards self-defined goals. This program offers workforce development, housing and entrepreneurship center clients with tools to improve or gain a baseline of financial wellness.

  • Chicago Housing Authority-Transitional Jobs – Workforce Development Program
    The Transitional Jobs (TJ) program offers job placement, training and retention services to provide a pipeline of qualified candidates into growing industries. The program provides subsidized and unsubsidized employment to CHA residents.

  • Greencorps Program 2.0
    The Greencorps is designed to provide paid employment in the green technology fields. The program employs youth ages 16-19 in a high quality work experience that facilitates youth development and enhances their knowledge of green industries and careers.

  • Training to Work Program (T2W)
    The Training to Work program provided by the Urban League and community partners and funded by the US Department of Labor, offers workforce development and training services to previously incarcerated individuals so that they can successfully re-enter the labor market. Our program takes a “skills-based” training approach tailored to the needs of employers and clients, supporting individuals through the attainment of industry-recognized credentials, graduate equivalency diploma, and the pursuit of higher education. The result is rapid attachment to long-term jobs and careers in core employment sectors such as construction, manufacturing, and food services.

  • 741 Collaborative
    The 741 Collaborative is a unique partnership of Chicago not-for-profit agencies. We joined forces to put employers in touch with local, qualified job candidates who are prepared and ready for careers in a diverse range of industries. Our collective power gives you open access to job placement and career resources not typically shared between non-profit organizations.

  • DCEO-Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
    The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides youth an opportunity to gain meaningful work experience linked with a Chicagoland employer. Youth also receive training focused on work experience, career exploration, job readiness, and personal responsibility.


    For information about the League’s Workforce Development programs contact, Zakeia Hampton, Administrative Assistant, 773-624-8800 or zhampton@thechicagourbanleague.org.