At O’Shea Builders, we believe our jobsites should reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We strive to create a diverse workforce in our offices and jobsites, and work within our communities to elevate opportunities for minorities. 

Apply for the Minority Trades Network!

O'Shea Builders and Solid Ground Solutions have teamed up to create a hands-on construction experience for men and women in the minority community to see what a career in the trades has to offer. 

The Minority Trades Network (MTN) provides an overview of the wide variety of trades that are currently hiring, including the Carpenters, Ironworkers, Sheet Metal Workers, Laborers, Teamsters, and many more! During this 12-week (2 hours each week) program, you will learn about:

  • The type of work performed by each trade (including hands-on learning)

  • Benefits packages offered by each trade

  • Career Paths


Since MTN started in 2020, 14 people have joined the trades and are actively working on jobsites across Central Illinois and beyond!

You could be next!

Next class starts in September 2023! Apply today by filling out the form below.

Questions? Call Brittany at 217.210.0185.


"Being part of MTN has helped my career in many ways — from helping me find employment to meeting really good people who are in the trades to helping me become an even better leader.” Darien Caldwell, Laborers Local 477

Apply for the Minority Trades Network

Please write a personal statement below in 50-100 words on why you would like to join the Minority Trades Network.