The Union Revitalization Minority Advancement Program (URMAP) is a pre-apprenticeship model created and developed by Marketing Consultants Unlimited (MCU) of Decatur, IL in 20
07. URMAP was brought about because of the vision of two men, Melvin Little, MCU and Jay Dunn, former President of the Decatur Building & Construction Trades and Union Certified Electrician. These two men came together with the concept to bridge a gap between minorities and those less fortunate with the Unions by gaining access to the Union trades through proper knowledge and training. This vision became a reality and is now a successful pre-training vehicle for 16 different Union construction trades. The purpose of the program is to increase job training opportunities and access to building construction employment. Not only was URMAP designed specifically for Union construction trades but also to meet Section 3 compliance for federal projects. The program enhances retention support in order to ensure participants can maintain employment, which will directly contribute to local economic and community development.
Some of our participants are recommended through partner social service agencies, who work directly with these hard to serve populations. A series of community wide recruitment sessions are also held to encourage participation and spread the word of the URMAP program. There is no cost to enter the program.
(The following does not include the current statistics for the 2010-2011 sessions in progress)
URMAP is proud to serve the following communities:
locations throughout Illinois are now discussing the option to adopt this
East St Louis, IL
For More information on URMAP or how to bring this program to your community you can contact our main office at (217) 706-7900.