YWCA Madison


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The Construct-U job training program is your first step on the road to a career in the skilled trades. You'll gain skills to build a career in an industry with good, high-paying jobs.

Construct-U Curriculum

The Construct-U curriculum is designed to meet you where you're at. It's tailored to your needs, skill level, and career interests. The program starts with a two-week Job Readiness class, where you'll work on the following:

  • job search skills, including completing applications, writing resumes, and completing interviews
  • technical skills, including computer training and math tutoring
  • soft skills, including communication, conflict resolution, and teamwork
  • career assessments
  • introduction to financial education
  • information about training opportunities offered at the YWCA Madison and elsewhere in the community.

After the Job Readiness class, you'll start training for work in the road construction industry and the skilled trades in the Construct-U class series. You'll learn new skills through hands-on work and classroom training. The program works with you to pave a clear path to apprenticeships in the construction field of your choice. Upon completion, you'll receive several certifications, including a Wisconsin flagger's certification. You'll be referred directly to construction employers and apprenticeship programs to jump-start your career. This program is a collaborative effort between community-based organizations, trade associations, labor unions, government, and contractors.

Construct-U Program requirements

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Valid driver’s license with good driving record
  • Reliable transportation to various work sites in Southern Wisconsin
  • Ability to work a minimum of 40 hours per week
  • Physically able to do strenuous labor in extreme weather conditions
  • Math and reading comprehension at a minimum of a sixth-grade level
  • Ability to work independently and safely
  • Ability to pass a drug and alcohol test 

How to Get Started

In order to be eligible for enrollment, you must complete the following steps:

Orientation Schedule

  • Tuesday, Jan. 3 from 1-4p at YWCA Empowerment Center (3101 Latham Drive)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 4 from 1-4p at YWCA Empowerment Center (3101 Latham Drive)
  • Thursday, Jan. 5 from 1-4p at YWCA Empowerment Center (3101 Latham Drive) 
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 1-4p at YWCA Empowerment Center (3101 Latham Drive)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 1-4p at YWCA Empowerment Center (3101 Latham Drive)
  • Thursday, Jan. 12 from 1-4p at YWCA Empowerment Center (3101 Latham Drive)
Please call (608) 395-2185 if you are not available at the times liseted above. 

Class Schedule

The next Construct -U class starts on January 17, 2017 and ends on March 3, 2017.

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  • job training & transportation 

    2015 Job Training & Transportation Outcomes 

    • 415 people participated in Job Training & Transportation programs.
    • 62% (44 of 71) of 2014 Construct-U graduates found or improved employment.
    • 69 of program participants who received case management reinstated their driver’s license while receiving case management from the DLRP program in 2015.
    • 15 riders were able to find a new job, 77 riders maintained their job and 97 riders attended job training because of JobRide.
    • YWeb Career Academy launched in 2014. In 2015 20 of the 25 graduates achieved paid internships and/or permanent employment.