Trade & Training



Our mission is to close the workforce skills gap and assist unemployed job-seekers in re-entering the workforce. We work with local employers to identify their hiring needs and match them with qualified unemployed job seekers in Chicago and Cook County. We also help employers fund customized and on-the-job training programs so that candidates have the necessary skills to succeed from their first day on the job. We are endorsed by City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and supported by funding from the City of Chicago, Cook County, State of Illinois and private and corporate foundations.


Lessie South Shore Artist Comic Book Designer

Lessie South Shore Artist
Comic Book Designer

Chicago Department of Family & Support Services
Job Training and Placement
DaLina Bailey
8650 S. Commerical Ave
Chicago, IL


Info Forward by Alderman Holmes, 7th Ward

Free Entrepreneur Training Program

If you are interested in starting or expanding a small business, then this is a great opportunity for you! JVS Chicago and the Illinois SBDC/Duman Microenterprise Center announce the first cohort of 2015 for the Basic Entrepreneurship Support and Training Program. The program is an intensive 42 hour course of study (over six weeks) designed to teach low-income and at-risk individuals residing in the city of Chicago on how to start or expand a small business. This course will begin on March 17. In order to register and to gain additional details, please call 855.463.6587.

 Manufacturing Careers in Chicago

The Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) represents Careers in Manufacturing in Chicago that have helped hundreds of low-income and first-generation citizens succeed in the manufacturing industry. The JARC is offering a plethora of bundled support services, such as financial and employment counseling. Additionally, they focus on long term employment through manufacturing training in the areas of Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Welding, and Press Break. The JARC would like to invite you to participate in this training so that you may solidify for career in manufacturing. For further information, please call Jessica Newsome at 773.751.7113.



ABJ Community Services C.O.N.N.E.C.T.S

 Youth Community Job Readiness Training Program As a Violence Reduction Strategy

A Special Friend Career Training
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A Special Friend Career Training is a not for profit organization committed to creating a positive impact on the health care industry. It believes in the uniqueness of each individual in terms of learning styles and prioritization of education as an integral part of social advancement.

As a training center, A Special Friend focuses on the overall success of the student populace within and beyond the school structure and how these successes can benefit society. The school aims to develop well rounded health care professionals by providing high quality education through strict adherence to state educational standards, development of relevant curricula and ensuring dynamic yet effective methods of instruction. It also seeks to create a steady pool of highly-skilled manpower for the employment market through fast-tracked scheduling of courses.

A Special Friend Career Training

9204 S Commercial Ave. Suite 309

Chicago, IL 60617

(M) 312-772-6469

(O) 872 666-5055

(F) 844-270-7048

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 The Black United Funds Trading Center
1750 E. 71st

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Greater Chicago Food Dispository


Pantry University courses are open to member agencies of the Food Depository. Please refer to the course listing for class descriptions and offerings. These forms can be used for registration.

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Community and Network Services

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The Black Oaks Center (Good Food Farmer Market @ the Quarry)

Farmer Training

Vision Statement

Our vision is to create safe, healing spaces founded on the principles of environmental stewardship and social equality. A place where community can learn skills required to master sustainability to lead a successful transition to a post carbon world. From this, our communities, families, and children will be resilient. Hence, they will be fully capable of being lifeboats thriving during an energy descent.

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Info Forward by Alliance of the Southeast Side Coalition:

Job & Training Opportunities…
Get the training and experience to prepare for future jobs that may be available at Lakeside Development.

Bricklayers Local 21 accepting applications for apprenticeships

This apprentice program is year round.
Where: 2140 Corporate Drive , Addison, IL 60101
When: Monday- Thursday
From: 8:30 am- 3:00 pm
For more information, contact Dave Wysocki at 630-953-0835 or email at

Chicago Area Painters, Decorators, and Drywallers now accepting applications for apprenticeships

Where:1101 Taft Avenue, Berkeley, Illinois 60163
When:Monday through Friday
From:10 a.m. to 2 p.m
For more information, or to arrange an appointment, please call 708-449-5282  Ext. 0

Electrical Workers Local 134 now accepting applications for apprenticeships 

Where:6201 W. 115th Street, Alsip, Illinois
When: Every Wednesday
From:  9:00 am- 11:00 am

For more information, please call (708)389-1340  or visit

Laborers accepting applications for apprenticeships
This apprentice program is year round.
For more information, please call Apprentice Coordinator: Paul Hoetzer at 630-653-0006 or

Roofers Local 11 accepting applications for apprenticeships

Where: 7045 Joliet Road,Indian Head Park, Illinois 60525
When:  Monday- Friday
From: 7:30 am- 2:00 pm
For more information, please contact Chicago Roofers Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program at 708-246-4488 or

Tuckpointers Local 21 accepting application

This apprentice program is year around.
Where: 2140 Corporate Drive , Addison, IL 60101
When: Monday- Thursday
From: 8:30 am- 3:00 pm
For more information, please contact Dave Wysocki at 630-953-0835 or email at