Hilco Redevelopment Partners, the real estate development unit of Hilco Global, announced the sponsorship of HACIA U’s pre-apprenticeship program for those who live in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. The program is being facilitated by the construction training arm of the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA).
Developed in cooperation with St. Augustine College, the program is designed to prepare individuals for entrance into apprenticeship programs in the construction trades as well as other employment opportunities in the construction industry.
“We are thrilled to sponsor this program through HACIA to those living in the Little Village community, so they have an opportunity to gain skills needed to have a successful career in the trades,” said Roberto Perez, CEO of Hilco Redevelopment Partners. “This pre-apprenticeship program continues to reinforce our commitment and dedication to improving the lives of those living in Little Village.”
After successfully completing the program, students will receive an OSHA-10 hour basic safety certification, First Aid/CPR training, a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Curriculum Certification, valuable skills and the ability to build relationships with industry professionals and connect with prospective employers to launch a successful career in the trades.
“HACIA U’s pre-apprenticeship laborers program for Little Village residents, in partnership with Hilco Redevelopment Partners, is designed to guarantee that diverse applicants are prepared for entrance into apprenticeship programs in the construction trades and succeed in related future employment opportunities,” said Jorge Perez, executive director of HACIA. “Through HACIA U, we strive to reach more people and create a real sustainable change in our industry while working with partners who understand the importance of diversity and inclusion in construction trades.”
Launched in 2019, HACIA U provides training for construction industry professionals to broaden their skills, earn certifications, build their networks and increase their career opportunities. Construction professionals can browse through a catalog of available courses or training programs that fit their needs. Applications for one of the 24 available spots in the program are due by October 14, 2020.