A Cross-Industry Partnership Helping Build Tomorrow’s Workforce
Today, McHugh Construction joined our colleagues, partners and competitors from across the Chicago building industry to celebrate the launch of HIRE360, a first-of-its-kind industry collaboration to provide sustainable, trade-focused career opportunities for Chicago-area residents and support women- and minority-owned businesses across the region.
It was a particularly proud moment for us as our leadership was instrumental in bringing HIRE360 to life, and we’re excited to share it with you today.
HIRE360, a unique partnership among Chicago’s largest developers, general contractors, labor unions and the United Way, will enable greater access to employment opportunities for residents in manufacturing, construction, hospitality and professional services. Its mission is to expand employment opportunities through recruiting, training and placement assistance; invest capital in helping minority- and women-owned businesses grow and thrive; connect area youth, underrepresented populations and local residents with job inspiration and opportunities; and model socially responsible hiring and supply chain accountability in Chicago and beyond.
“HIRE360 represents an incredibly special collaboration, one that brings together competitors who share a commitment to developing the next generation of builders and making Chicago’s building industry stronger from the ground up,” said Michael Meagher, president of McHugh Construction, president elect of the Chicagoland Associated General Contractors and founding board member of HIRE360. “We have every confidence in our ability to accomplish these bold and exciting goals because of the unified vision and cross-industry support that defines this organization.”
Starting today, HIRE360 will provide resources for candidates interested in pursuing work in the building trades. These include test preparation and assistance; money to buy boots, books and tools for apprenticeships; case management services; referrals to jobs; and support throughout the apprenticeship process. For Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) firms, it will be adding mentoring and a loan pool to help firms grow. Early next year, HIRE360 will expand beyond the construction industry to offer job services in the manufacturing and hospitality sectors.
Through localized mentorship, direct investment and specialized services, HIRE360 will strengthen the participation of underrepresented populations in the Chicago area. It will also mentor and grow MBE and WBE firms and create a supply chain of partners that are accountable to higher participation standards.
Read more about HIRE360 in the Chicago Tribune, and please feel free to reach out with any questions. Thank you for your support of this important endeavor!