1000 jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing program connects 500 to manufacturing careers so far

CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel and World Business Chicago recently announced that the 1000 Jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing program has placed 500 people in manufacturing jobs since its launch in January 2015. The innovative program joins workforce development providers and manufacturers with job candidates to place them on the path to manufacturing careers.

“Chicago has long been an epicenter for manufacturing, and as the industry evolves it is essential that we connect our city’s manufacturers with the talent they need to fill positions, but also that we give our residents the skills they need to build successful and rewarding careers,” Mayor Emanuel said. “This unique partnership between job seekers, manufacturers and workforce development organizations is a win-win for Chicago. I am proud of the milestone of placing 500 Chicagoans in these positions so far and I look forward to celebrating even more progress in the months ahead.”

Since the program’s launch 165 people have received manufacturing -focused training, and 500 qualified candidates have been hired by 94 manufacturers. The program has helped more than 180 people who are formerly incarcerated find jobs. All of the jobs are full-time, non-temporary and offer benefits, with pay above the median wage for the skill and sector. The national median wage for manufacturing jobs is $70,000 annually.

1000 Jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing partner manufacturers currently have more than 125 open jobs, and the program will be holding hiring events throughout the summer in high demand areas. For more details visit 1000JobsCampaign.com.

Source: City of Chicago Press Release. Photo courtesy of 1000 Jobs

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