Removing barriers to living wage jobs

Access United helps job seekers explore career options and prepare for union aptitude tests. Supported by the Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance, the Access United Barrier Reduction Fund provides financial assistance to reduce barriers to these trades. This funding helps candidates purchase books, boots and tools. It also covers any other costs that might keep someone from starting a new career as a union apprentice.

Benefits of becoming an apprentice

Paid on-the-job training

Start off earning around $20 per hour while learning on the job

Debt-free education

Receive necessary instruction without amassing loan debt

Marketable skills for life

Gain high-demand, state-of-the-art training in a wide variety of trades

Competitive wages

Earn well over $40 per hour after completing a two to five year apprenticeship

Access United is seeking candidates who

Are at least 18 years of age

Are authorized to work in the US

Have a valid Illinois Driver's License

Have an interest in the trades

Can pass a drug test

Can thrive in demanding work environment

To learn more or to apply, please email us at

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