Career Training & Placement
Supporting West Side Residents
Based upon our analysis, we know that it will take at least 63,000 residents employed in skilled jobs making $36,000/year to move the West Side from poverty to low income. This reflects the work that must be done to reduce poverty at the individual and family level. Over ten years, this work is projected to generate about $1.2 billion in new annual wage income for the West Side.
Utilizing projections about job turnover and retention, we believe that 116,000 job opportunities will need to be filled by trained and qualified West Side residents in the next decade to produce a steady-state increase of 63,000 people employed in skilled jobs. Of these, 27,000 jobs will be for those who are currently unemployed — or newly employed jobs — and 36,000 will be for incumbent workers who upgrade their skills to move from a low-wage job to a skilled job making at least $17.32/hour.
West Side residents must be prepared for jobs in the industry areas that are accessible, promise both job growth over the next decade and pay a living wage that allows them to move out of poverty. Based upon our analysis, these industry areas include:
• Advanced Manufacturing• Health Technologists & Technicians• Entrepreneurship• Construction Trade Workers• IT Specialists
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WSF provides workforce development assistance to businesses on the West Side of Chicago and access to a trained workforce in the Advanced Manufacturing Industry.
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