The ERW Workforce is a job training program offering comprehensive instruction in deconstruction, construction, and general life skills to individuals facing multiple barriers to employment. This program is made possible through grant funding, individual donors, fundraisers, and a lot of community support. Because we take a holistic approach to jobs training, our partnerships with the Moran Center; Curt’s Café; Opportunity Advancement Innovation Inc. (OAI); McGaw YMCA; City of Evanston; and National Able Network have been invaluable.


What Does the ERW's Workforce Training Include?

A 5-month-long paid career training program that includes:

  • Essential job and life skills training to help individuals get, and keep, jobs in deconstruction, home repair, and/or renovation and construction fields.
  • A Building Material Reuse Association (BMRA) accredited curriculum in Deconstruction.
  • Mentorship and on-the-job experience in deconstruction.


Who is the Workforce?

This program is for women or men facing barriers to employment due to any number of factors, including former incarceration and/or homelessness. Trainees must be at least 18-years-old, physically fit, and, most importantly, motivated to enter into a growth industry as a skilled member of the emerging green workforce.

For more information, contact Anne Nicklin at or 224-267-5708. 

Applications are currently closed, we expect to start our next cohort in January 2020.