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Nearly 700 Skilled Trades Apprentices Find Career Opportunities

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The District Detroit is fast becoming a “Michigan Made-Detroit Built” reality that is providing jobs, opportunity and apprenticeships for the community.

The development, which will encompass 50 city blocks with sporting events, shopping, dining and housing, has spurred the creation of more than 670 apprentice and pre-apprentice positions since April 2015. More than half the apprentices are Detroit residents.  That means that the $1.2-billion development has helped almost 700 metro Detroit residents begin careers in skilled trades such as ironwork, electrical, plumbing and carpentry. 

“With Little Caesars Arena opening in next month and many more projects underway, we’re proud that hundreds of local residents have been set on a path towards new careers with more opportunities to come,” said Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc

Additionally, the majority of awarded contracts have gone to Detroit and Michigan-based contractors. 

In fact, The District Detroit has awarded more than $445 million in contracts to Detroit-based companies, while Michigan-based companies, including those in Detroit, have received more than $650 million dollars in contracts.  

More career prospects will emerge as work continues on the Little Caesars World Headquarters campus expansion and many other projects throughout The District Detroit.

Nicole Stallings, Deputy Director of Workforce Development for the City of Detroit, added that the apprenticeships in particular are preparing residents for careers in the skilled trades. 

“With the construction boom the city is continuing to experience, we expect there to be an abundance of opportunities for years to come,” Stallings said. 

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country. Located in the heart of Detroit, this 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization unites eight world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in an exciting urban environment. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions — The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.