Construction Training Program

Supported by the Illinois Works office of the
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

**Please note, we are no longer accepting applications for the Summer 2024 session.

Please submit the form at the bottom of this page if interested in the Fall 2024 program***

Why should I join this program?


The Construction Trades Training Program is only 10 weeks long!

It is aimed at preparing participants for entry into a trade union apprenticeship programs or an entry-level position in the construction industry.

What training will I receive?


Successful completers of the program will receive 15.5 college credit hours and the Building Trades Safety Certificate from Southwestern Illinois College.

While in the program, participants can expect classroom and hands-on training in the proper operation of hand tools and power tools, construction math, solar installation, blueprint reading, welding, basic construction principles, critical thinking, and career readiness, among other topics.

Participants will receive industry certifications in OSHA Safety, CPR/First Aid, and Forklift Safety. Hourly financial stipends equaling $11.00 an hour will be provided to those enrolled in the program.

Where will this training take place?

This training will be held primarily at the Lansdowne UP facility (formerly Nelson Mandela Elementary School) located at 1800 North 25th East St. Louis, IL. 62204.

Other trainings will be held at the Belleville and Granite City Campuses, as well as field trips to Union Halls and work sites. Transportation to these facilities will not be provided.

All participants will be given a semester long Metro bus/train pass.


Participants must live in Illinois, be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma or equivalency, have a driver’s license (or the ability to obtain one), interview satisfactorily.

Interested participants can fill out the form below or contact Jim Moore at . They can also stop by the Career Services Department located at the Belleville Campus Information Sciences Building, Room 1050.

**Please note, we are no longer accepting applications for the Summer 2024 session. Please submit the form below if interested in the Fall 2024 program***


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