This is a career training program offering comprehensive instruction in deconstruction, construction, and professional readiness skills to individuals facing 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 (cook county minimum wage $12/hr) career training program that includes:

  • Essential job readiness skills training to help individuals get, and keep, jobs in deconstruction, home repair, renovation and construction fields.
  • The Building Material Reuse Association (BMRA) accredited curriculum in Deconstruction.
  • OSHA 10 and RRP-Renovator accreditation.
  • Mentorship and on-the-job experience in deconstruction.
  • Connection to our construction employer network.

Who is the Workforce?

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

How do I apply?

Applications are currently open, and we expect to hire at least three new trainees in January 2020.  

Step 1: Complete our Online Application.  Once you've filled that out, we will get back to you within 48 hours to schedule an interview.  Applications will be accepted until 6pm on Monday January 13th.

Step 2: In person interview and testing.  You'll have a 30 minute interview and then complete a 60 minute standardized test of math and reading. The   To be accepted into the program you must score at a 6th grade level or better for math and reading. All interviews and testing will be completed no later than Wednesday January 15th, 2020.

Step 3: Once all candidates have been interviewed and tested, three trainees will be invited to join the Decon Crew starting January 20th, 2020.

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