Workforce Training

A stepping stone on your path to success

Our construction workforce training programs are about more than career readiness. It’s about learning the skills and commanding the confidence to chart your own future. Rebuilding Exchange believes workforce training starts by meeting you where you are, listening, working with you to identify solutions, and then standing with you every step of the way.

Through our deconstruction business and retail stores, we offer paid transitional employment and hands-on experience to foster job skills and personal achievements as a part of your crew. Through our paid pre-apprenticeship program, we provide a pathway to well-paying union apprenticeships in the building trades. Most importantly, we build a community of opportunity that supports everyone on our crews in their building trades careers. Wherever you’re coming from, you can expect to be seen and heard, while getting access to responsible employers, earning livable wages, and finding room for both personal and career advancement. Let’s work together.

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Rebuilding Exchange is thrilled to partner with Northwestern University to ensure that the Rebuild Ryan Field Project meets its ambitious hiring goals, create a model of how construction projects in Evanston can move more people out of poverty into living wage careers; and promote greater racial and gender diversity in the building trades workforce. 

We believe in creating a system through which hiring diverse candidates from our community is the norm, and that local residents are skilled and competitive to be hired on any construction project in this community. This includes:

  • More Evanston residents, especially low-income individuals, rising out of poverty through a career in the building trades;
  • More Evanston residents, living and working in Evanston on Northwestern University construction projects, which will result in a stronger economy as goods and services are purchased locally;
  • Engaged building trades employers who prioritize and meet local hiring standards;
  • A stronger, positive relationship between Northwestern University and Evanston community members, for a sustainable community that benefits all of us.
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Transitional Employment

Paid career training in deconstruction, construction, warehousing, and customer service.

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Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Preparation for Department of Labor registered apprenticeships in the building trades, including Union Apprenticeships.

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