School district holds open house for construction job shadow program April 2

March 28, 2014
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Rockford Public School District 205 is hosting an open house and networking event about a pilot job shadow program connected to upcoming summer construction.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, at Giovanni’s Restaurant and Convention Center, 610 N. Bell School Road. A formal presentation begins at 10 a.m.

This pilot job shadow program will offer paid internships to an estimated 15 people. It will give the opportunity to follow tradesmen and tradeswomen and learn about the construction industry.

Upcoming construction work in the Rockford Public School District includes the field house at East High School, and auditorium upgrades at East, Guilford and Jefferson high schools. Construction firms bidding on the work will be asked to include the paid internships in an alternate bid.

It’s a targeted investment district administrators are willing to make — with support from the Rockford Board of Education — to potentially grow long-term employment in Rockford’s construction field. The impact of the small-scale program will be evaluated after this construction season.

The jobs are expected to pay $15 an hour and last six to eight months. There are also strict criteria to qualify for the program work: Participants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, pass a drug screening and background check, have a high school diploma or GED, be a resident living within district boundaries and meet income requirements.

The program is in partnership with the Northern Illinois Building Contractors Association, Northern Illinois Minority Companies Association, Northwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades and The Workforce Connection.

Posted March 28, 2014

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