Panel backs jobs grant for Rebuilding Warehouse

Anne Nicklin.

The Evanston City Council's Human Services Committee Monday night recommended approval of a $40,000 grant to the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse designed to provide a pathway to union apprenticeship programs for a half dozen Evanston residents.

Anne Nicklin, director of workforce training and deconstruction services at the warehouse, said the program, in cooperation with the Minority Business Consortium, will provide a five month, full-time, minimum wage paid job training program in building, deconstruction and construction trades.

ERW will provide on the job training while MBC offers study sessions on topics including math required for entry into union apprenticeship programs.

The two groups are also pledging to provide networking resources for program participants to help them gain meaningful employment in the community.

The plans previously won backing from the city's Minority, Women and Evanston-based Enterprise Development Committee.

Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, who serves on both the MWEBE and Human Services panels, said she was "proud that the Rebuilding Warehouse came forward with this proposal."

She said that, among other things, it would help assure contractors bidding on city projects that "we have the people with skills" so they can meet city minority, women and local hiring requirements.

The grant proposal now goes to the City Council for final approval.

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