Marketing Consultants Unlimited is the founder and developer of the URMAP Program. Marketing Consultants Unlimited provides program management for the URMAP program. MCU determines the case management needs and union liaison services. Marketing Consultants Unlimited has worked for the past several years on maintaining the integrity of the program through consistent evaluation of progress, collaboration with community partners and support of union trades training and employment.
Workforce Investment Solutions (Macon and Dewitt County) administered the Bridge to Trades Apprenticeship Program Designed and developed by Marketing Consultants Unlimited and the Decatur Building and Construction Trades Council. The program was extremely successful in moving participants from low skills to improved and new skills in various construction trades. The program utilized the Workforce Investment Solutions screening structure while working cooperatively with Marketing Consultants Unlimited to provide additional case management and follow up.
Decatur Building & Construction Trades Council provides strong leadership to the URMAP program through its various union representatives. The URMAP program is founded and based on the principal of working collaboratively with the local Building and Construction Trades. Each trade requires a participant to have specific skills prior to entrance in to an apprenticeship program. The requirements range from math skills, technical skills and people skills. The expertise of the trades provides a creative approach to implementing the URMAP Program. The success of the program through union collaboration is proven through the number of former graduates retaining union employment. The union collaborative efforts provide access to application opportunities, testing and training for each individual. The trades also serve as mentors for past and present participants.
The Chicago Jobs Council (CJC) is a state-wide coalition of community-based training organizations, advocacy groups, businesses and individuals working toward ensuring access to employment and career advancement opportunities for people living in poverty.
Since 1981, CJC’s membership has grown to include over 100 organizations and individuals. Through collaboration, advocacy, applied research, and capacity building, we work with our members to influence the development and reform of public policies and programs designed to move people into the workforce.CJC members work to ensure access to employment and career advancement opportunities for people living in poverty.