ConstructionWorks

Program Goal

The Tollway has partnered with the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership to launch ConstructionWorks, an innovative program to create a qualified pipeline of diverse men and women ready to enter careers in the heavy highway and related construction industry.

Your Connection to a Career in Construction

Through ConstructionWorks, participants will be connected to a network of experienced career and pre-apprenticeship training partners throughout Northern Illinois who offer customized construction industry preparation. Participants will have an unprecedented level of access to key industry resources throughout the region, including construction contractors and regional transportation agencies. To better assist with long-term career success, the program will also provide support services for participants after they attain employment.

To learn more about ConstructionWorks career training opportunities, please visit https://tinyurl.com/consturctionworks or text "ConstructionWorks" to 77453.

Your Connection to a Skilled Workforce

ConstructionWorks is designed to create a pipeline of diverse men and women ready to enter careers in the heavy highway and related construction industry.

Candidates are skilled, work-ready and represent most trades recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor including equipment operators, carpenters, electricians, iron workers, cement masons and laborers.

By hiring and retaining ConstructionWorks job candidates, all contractors—both prime and subcontractors—can earn bid credits to be used on future Tollway construction bids, lowering their bid amount and increasing the chances of winning the contract as the lowest bidder.

Participating contractors are also eligible to receive a $15 cash reimbursement for every hour worked by a ConstructionWorks apprentice hire on Tollway projects—up to $100,000 per contract.

ConstructionWorks job candidates are ready to work and have received an unprecedented level of access to comprehensive job training, support, placement and retention services. These individuals are prepared for careers and ready to thrive in Illinois’ high-demand transportation related construction industry.

How It Works

Contractors with ConstructionWorks hires working on Tollway contracts will earn bid credits that may be used toward future Tollway construction bids, as well as a cash incentive for each hour worked by ConstructionWorks hires. Both incentives are applicable for ConstructionWorks hires working on Tollway projects.

  • First Level Incentive—Contractors earn bid credits for employing ConstructionWorks hires on any public works project in the state of Illinois.
  • Second Level Incentive—Contractors earn an additional $15 per work hour cash wage reimbursement for ConstructionWorks apprentice hires, for all trades except laborers, employed on a Tollway contract.

Participating ConstructionWorks contractors may apply bid credits up to a maximum bid credit cap assigned to each contract by the Tollway in order to lower their bid amount and increase the chances of winning the contract as the low bidder.

Labor Group First Level Incentive: Second Level Incentive
A. Operating Engineers - Structural Steel Iron Workers 75 cents for every dollar earned $15 an hours to a maximum of 
B. Skilled Trades and Fabricators 65 cents for every dollar earned $100,000 per contract
C. Skilled Laborers 55 cents for every dollar earned  

 

How to Get Involved

Hire a ConstructionWorks Program job candidate and start earning bid credits.

  1. Register to use our hiring portal
  2. Once hiring portal registration is approved, begin reviewing resumes and certifications from qualified ConstructionWorks participants.
  3. Contact candidates and schedule interviews.

Contact the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership at (312) 758-5569 with any questions.