The MilwaukeeBuilds initiative is led by Employ Milwaukee and our Construction Industry Advisory Board, with active engagement from a multi-disciplinary partnership consortium, including WRTP/BIG STEP, Milwaukee Area Technical College, the City of Milwaukee Community Block Grant Administration, the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, Northcott Neighborhood House, and Milwaukee Christian Center. The strategic design of this program provides individuals with an opportunity to pave a career pathway in the construction industry while earning wages and contributing to Milwaukee’s growth.
Three unique phases guide participants through MilwaukeeBuilds:
Phase 1: YouthBuild provides basic job readiness skills, GED preparation and driver’s license attainment, as needed.
Phase 2: AdultBuild offers instruction in classrooms and on actual worksites. Students earn valuable certifications such as CPR/First Aid, HAZWHOPER, and OSHA 10, through subsidized training in residential construction trade areas.
Phase 3: Unsubsidized Entry Level Construction Employment with an average wage of $13.50 per hour is accessible to successful completers through the initiative’s industry partners.
YouthBuild provides a route to employment in the construction industry for youth and young adults, providing exposure to employment in the construction trades. Coordinated training that uses industry-supported curricula to increase educational and work skills is provided in conjunction with GED preparation, adult mentoring and peer support. YouthBuild participants work at three sites building houses as they receive subsidized wages and earn industry-recognized credentials. Program graduates are supported in transitioning to apprenticeship, employment and/or postsecondary education programs.