Safeway Construction has been extremely successful in achieving racial and economic diversity in employment and subcontracting with local neighborhood projects. Of the past four construction projects that Safeway has completed in the North Lawndale neighborhood, we have exceeded the City of Chicago’s requirement of 24% MBE and 4% WBE. Our projects generally double the city’s requirements and have averaged between 40%-50% MBE and 5% WBE.
- In a proactive effort to positively impact the community, Safeway Construction established an outreach and recruiting program to create employment opportunities for neighborhood residents. This multi-step plan was successfully utilized on the King Legacy Apartments and is summarized below.
- Education: This component targeted candidates to earn their GED. This is an ongoing effort. Tutoring and other support will be provided to help the candidates successfully complete the program and obtain their general education diploma. The targeted age of the participants is 19-24.
- Employment: Individuals were hired for the work site from the throughout the community and received additional skills and training in positions such as:
- Journeymen Bricklayers
- Journeyman Plumber
- Journeyman Electrical
- Journeyman HVAC
- Journeyman Carpenters
- Skilled Laborers
- Mentor/Protégé Joint Ventures: This segment allowed smaller companies to join with more established businesses in a mentor/protégé relationship whereby the “protégé” received guidance on systems, processes and paperwork to help them obtain the capacity to competitively operate in the marketplace.
- Set-aside: This component provided contract packages to smaller neighborhood contractors which allowed them to participate in the construction project. These construction areas included:
- Miscellaneous Carpentry
- Tile Work/Tile Setting
- Financial Literacy: In collaboration with Covenant Bank, the protégés and smaller contractors participated in workshops, seminars and one-on-one sessions with bank representatives and other industry professionals. Several of these smaller contractors were able to open up business bank accounts and received fundamental information on banking and finance. The goal was to provide guidance on money management for businesses and help the participants build personal wealth and become financially viable businesses.