Work Now: Construction Initiative


The Construction Employers Association (CEA) in partnership with the Urban League of Greater Cleveland 

“Work Now: Construction Initiative!”

About the Program

Are you interested in pursuing a career in construction? The Work Now: Construction Initiative program targets outreach to Cleveland’s minority and female populations. You'll receive a stipend for your participation, and get immediate hands-on experience. To participate you must commit to three to six week soft-skill and construction industry training program. 

Learn more: "Construction industry moves to avert expected worker shortage"

View available apprenticeships here.

Program Schedule

The times of the program vary based on scheduled activities at various construction sites/centers. The program runs Monday to Friday, generally 8am to 4pm. There will be 7am start days at locations throughout Greater Cleveland and independent transportation is required to get to the various locations.

Participant Stipend

A stipend will be provided to participants who meet all attendance and programmatic requirements. They will also receive placement assistance upon graduation of program.

Application Process

In order to be considered you must first complete the Work Now: Construction Initiative Application that will assist our review committee in determining the best candidates to move forward. All selected candidates will be contacted via email and telephone.

Applications are not currently being accepted. However, learn more about current construction career opportunities at, our Apprenticeship directory, and our online job board.


Selected candidates will meet the following requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 28
  • Have reliable transportation with valid driver’s license and auto insurance
  • Have a High School Diploma/GED
  • Pass a construction industry drug test
  • Pass a Math (TABE) assessment at 9th grade minimum level
  • Pass a Reading (TABE) assessment at 8th grade minimum level
  • Pass a Human Resource interview screening
  • Be coachable, timely, ready to learn and work, and meet all required guidelines