January marks National Mentoring Month across the United States! The annual campaign is aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community's youth with caring adults. Mentors make an impact by providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior. Learn more about Mentoring Month.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Employment and Training is collaborating with the Illinois Department of Human Services to get the word out on their expansion of the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). As parents return to the labor force, they not only need childcare for when they work but often as they look for work. Unemployed parents who meet the CCAP eligibility requirements and seek to reenter the workforce can receive three months of free child care coverage. Additionally, income-eligible working families can also receive financial assistance for child care costs. This program adds an additional resource to the customers served in the Illinois workNet American Job Centers (AJCs).
November 15th-19th is National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). Take advantage of NAW to learn more about apprenticeships, and if they might be a good fit for you or your company. This weeklong nationwide celebration brings together business leaders, career seekers, labor, educational institutions, and other critical partners to demonstrate their support for apprenticeships. Find events, proclamations, and more on the Apprenticeship Illinois National Apprenticeship Week page.
Every October is Manufacturing Month. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is celebrating present and future manufacturers in the state. Illinois is the “fourth largest manufacturing state in the country, with over 18,000 companies employing over 550,000 Illinoisans.” DCEO will be hosting upcoming webinars showcasing manufacturing’s bright future in Illinois. Learn more about Manufacturing Month.
National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. Observed annually in June, the National Safety Council provides downloadable resources highlighting different safety topics each week. Learn more about these topics and resources available on Illinois workNet so you can stay safe on and off the job.
Illinois workNet will be holding an upcoming webinars for Job Seekers and Employers that will demonstrate the New Virtual Job Fair (VJF) tools available on Illinois workNet. This is a new opportunity for Employers to easily advertise their organization and connect with qualified job applicants at no cost. Job Seekers can learn about and apply for job openings as well as communicate with representatives from employers that are hiring in Illinois for free.
Employers will be able to setup virtual job booths where interested job seekers can learn more about their organization and available job openings. Employers may also request webinar assistance when hosting their Virtual Job Fair events.
Employers may register here.
Job Seekers may register here.
A new page was created for our Workforce Partners to provide guidance regarding WIOA Implementation during COVID-19. The resources listed on this page are to help address questions and concerns of Workforce Professionals to best assist individuals and businesses and to adapt daily operations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated regularly as new information is made available. If you have questions please submit them via the FAQ link.
Individuals and Employees
As a result of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), several Illinois businesses have closed or adapted their business hours and processes. If you are looking for immediate job openings in the metro Chicago area please visit this link. Unemployment benefits may be available to individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Visit the IDES website on COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits for more information. To submit a Unemployment Insurance claim online click here. On 3/26 IDES announced that it was taking steps to address the unprecedented volume of unemployment claims. More information on how IDES has improved the unemployment benefit claims process can be found in this News Release . If you are from an Illinois business that just went through a layoff you can use the Illinois workNet Company Specific Search to find you company specific layoff page to connect you to services and resources available to individuals affected by that layoff. For additional information and resources for Individuals Affected by COVID-19 check out this article.
Businesses and Employers
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, your business may be impacted for various reason and you may be left in the unfortunate position of laying off staff members. In the event of a layoff, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Local Workforce Innovation Areas Rapid Response Team offers valuable resources that may be beneficial to any affected workers. For more information on submitting a WARN Notice or creating a Company Specific Layoff page as well as other information surrounding your company and COVID-19 check out this article.
March 10, 2020 - SBDC Day recognizes the success and effect of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) for small businesses and economic development. Approximately 1,000 SBDCs in the country will share their success stories through social media, public relations initiatives, and several events in-person and online. Read more about how you can participate for SBDC Day 2020.
March 6, 2020 - As the coronavirus continues to spread, it is important to know the facts such as the symptoms, how it transmits to others, and how to prevent acquiring or spreading the virus. While the immediate risk of acquiring the virus remains low for individuals in Illinois, it is important to take the necessary steps in how to appropriately respond. Read our news item and article for more information.
March 4, 2020 - March is Women’s History Month. During this month we look back and celebrate the contributions that women have made not only to our history, but also our workforce. Illinois workNet is excited about the strides women have made. While there is more work and progress to be made, it is important to recognize the contributions and influence women have had in different industries in the past and present. Learn more about Women’s History Month.
February 25, 2020 - Illinois workNet will be holding a webinar about the Funding Opportunities page on the WIOA website on March 11th, 2020. This page contains all the information you need to know about grants and every stage of the grant process in Illinois. Learn more about how to register for this webinar.
February 24, 2020 - Illinois workNet will be presenting at the upcoming Career Connections Conference. Due to the need for additional CTE programs, this Career and Technical Education (CTE) conference will focus on the following goals: improvement of instruction, better alignment to core academics, enhanced connections to career and postsecondary opportunities. Learn more about the conference including how to register.
This year the IDEAcon Conference takes place February 24th – 27th. This educational technology conference brings together educators throughout the Midwest to showcase and discuss resources and teaching methods related to instructional technology. From PreK to Higher Education, attend this conference and see how you can include the latest in instructional technology into your classroom. For more information about the IDEAcon Conference, visit their website.
Are you an educator looking for an opportunity to exchange ideas and promote advancement with other professionals in your field? Look no further than the Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators' Association (IACEA) conference held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Learn more including how to register.
Every February is Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month®. Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students with opportunities to gain the necessary academic knowledge and technical skills necessary to succeed in high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand careers. care, and much more. Learn how to celebrate CTE Month.
The 2020 State of Illinois WIOA Unified State Plan is now available for Public Comment on Illinois workNet. Public Comments on the Unified State Plan may be sent to CWDfirstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will be accepted until February 9th, 2020. Additional information about the WIOA Unified State Plan may be accessed on the following Illinois workNet page: https://www.illinoisworknet.com/WIOA/Resources/Pages/StateUnifiedPlan.aspx
January 6, 2020 - Every January is Mentoring Month. This month aims to expand quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s youth with caring adults. By finding and growing mentoring opportunities, our communities can improve and shape our future. From finding a mentor to becoming one, take the initiative to find the mentoring opportunity for you today.
November 27, 2019 - Observed annually, December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day is an opportunity to recognize and advocate for the rights and well-being of individuals with disabilities. It is important to be aware of this as there are people with disabilities in all walks of life from politics to the workplace and in our culture. Learn more on how you can be an ally.
November 26, 2019 - This Saturday, November 30th, is Small Business Saturday across the United States. This day is dedicated to celebrating and supporting small businesses and all they contribute to our communities. Learn more about this day and how you can participate by clicking here.
November 15, 2019 - This coming week is National American Education Week (11/18 – 11/22). This week acknowledges all of the hard work that goes into the public-school system from teachers and parents to educational support professionals. Learn how to raise awareness for this week by clicking here for more information.
Integrating local workforce services for job-seeker and employer customers is a priority for the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB). Because Illinois has many departments and programs involved in service delivery, integrating these many resources is essential for customers to have a positive experience. "This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) provides the requirements for submitting proposals that focus on integrating services for job seekers and improving employer access to the skilled workforce they need through the systemwide adoption of best practices in service integration and WIOA regional & local planning.
For more information about this funding opportunity, visit the NOFO page.
November 7, 2019 - In honor of Veterans Day (11/11/19), the State of Illinois would like to thank all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. We appreciate your sacrifice to help protect us at home and abroad. Illinois, through the collaboration of networked partnerships, has many resources available to former and current Military Services Members (Active, Guard, and Reserve) as well as Military Spouses.
November 4, 2019 - Starting a business is a lot of work, but you're not in it alone. This month is Entrepreneurship Month, and there are many resources available that can help walk you through the steps it takes to get your business started. For more information about these resources and how they can help you and your business, click here.
November 4, 2019 - The Illinois workNet team has made an update to its account system to keep your Illinois workNet account more secure. The next time you log into Illinois workNet, you will be prompted to verify or update your account's personal information and provide a secret question and answer, if you have not already done so. Read more about the account update.
Join the Customer Support Center Career Plan Builder webinar on November 7th. Register for the Webinar Today.
This free online tool is available to all partners through the Customer Support Center (CSC).
The CSC offers Illinois workNet partner staff a suite of free tools including:
These tools are used to help customers reach their training and employment goals.
October 16, 2019 - The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) would like to announce the release of a new notice of funding opportunity (NOFO). This 2019 Apprenticeship Expansion Program NOFO seeks to increase the number of registered apprentices by 800 before June 2022. For more information about this funding opportunity, click here.
Join the first webinar in a series covering the Illinois workNet Customer Support Center Online Partner Tools. Register for the Webinar Today.
The Customer Support Center (CSC) offers Illinois workNet partner staff a suite of free tools including:
These tools are used to help their customers reach their training and employment goals.
October 7, 2019 - October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). This month raises awareness about the importance of keeping private information that is online safe. To learn more about what Illinois workNet has to offer and more about this month, visit this page.
October 4, 2019 - The month of October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. This month focuses on the contributions of workers with disabilities and helps educate organizations on the value and impact of a diverse workforce. For more information about this month and what resources Illinois workNet has, click here.
October 1, 2019 - Every October is Manufacturing Month. Manufacturing Month brings together hundreds of manufacturers across America to host students, educators, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses and other public events designed to showcase manufacturing technology and careers. As this month gets started, be sure you have the resources to reach your manufacturing career, training, and employment goals. Check out Illinois workNet’s resources today. Click here for more information.
September 9, 2019 - The Chicago Public Library and Illinois workNet have worked together to create a new course, Getting a Job Using Illinois workNet, that introduces and explores the Illinois workNet site for job seekers. The purpose of this user-friendly course is to help individuals who are unemployed or underemployed. For more information about how to access the course, click here.
September 4, 2019 - September is Workforce Development Professionals Month! The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) seeks to “raise awareness about the importance of our industry to a growing economy.” Learn how you can participate during this month by clicking here.
August 29, 2019 - The 2019 Forum for Excellence will be held at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal, IL on September 24 – 25. This annual gathering is an opportunity for workforce and educational professionals to highlight effective initiatives and practices when it comes to career pathways. To learn more about the conference and how Illinois workNet will be participating, click here.
Are you using Illinois workNet's Embeddable Widgets to expand the infromation on your website? Not even sure what a Widget is? Learn more about Illinois workNet's Embeddable Widgets, how they can maximize the information on your website, and how to get them added by clicking here!
The Illinois Transition Academy conference will be held on August 7th and 8th in Effingham, Illinois. This event is designed to assist colleges and partnerships working on developing Bridge and ICAPS (Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System) programs. For more information click here.
July 10, 2019 - Thursday, July 18th is the College Changes Everything Conference. Started by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), this annual conference is an opportunity for individuals to share how their college or higher education experience has made a lasting and positive impact in their lives. Click here for more information.
June 28, 2019 – On July 1st, three Illinois counties (Calhoun, Jersey, and Douglas) will have their associated LWIAs re-designated as part of the Illinois Local Workforce Area Realignment Project. The Illinois workNet team has updated its services and tools to reflect these changes. Click here for more information.
June 4, 2019 - Illinois workNet has recently pushed out updates to Success Stories that make creating and submitting a success story a breeze. Illinois workNet will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, June 13 for workforce and education partners to review the updates and how to create and submit a success story through www.illinoisworknet.com/success.For more information about this webinar Click Here.
May 9, 2019 - The month of May is Older Americans Month (OAM). This year’s theme is Connect, Create, Contribute. This month recognizes older adults and their contributions around the country and encourages them to participate in activities within their communities. For more information about this month, please click here.
April 16, 2019 - The Illinois WIOA Summit capitalizes on the momentum of WIOA implementation activities, regional professional development workshops, and is designed to provide training and networking opportunities for WIOA partners. This Summit will provide high level guidance on implementing service integration and innovative practices related to policy. For more information about the Summit, visit this page.
April 15, 2019 - Updates have recently been pushed out to the Incumbent Worker Training System (IWTS)! Updates were made to the Project Sector page and the Project Search. For more information on the IWTS updates be sure to check out the IWTS Updates page.
April 8, 2019 - National Financial Literacy Month (FLM) occurs every April. It was created to help and encourage people across the U.S. develop good financial habits. For more information on how you can help customers and promote FLM in your area, click here for more information.
March 26, 2019 - During April and May, apprenticeship workshops will be held in different cities throughout Illinois. These workshops are designed to inform service providers and community organizations about the basics of apprenticeship models, how they can help support diverse apprenticeships, and what opportunities are currently available in Illinois. For more information on registering, click here.
March 13, 2019 - SBDC Day recognizes the success and effect of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) for small businesses and economic development. Approximately 1,000 SBDCs in the country will share their success stories through social media, public relations initiatives, and several events in-person and online. This year’s SBDC Day will be on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Click here for more information.
January 8, 2019 – Every January is Mentoring Month. This month aims to expand quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community’s young people with caring adults. By finding and growing mentoring opportunities, our communities can improve and shape our future. From finding a mentor to becoming one, take the initiative to find the mentoring opportunity for you today. Click here for more information.
Bunker Labs and WeWork are accepting applications for the next cohort of WeWork Veterans in Residence Powered by Bunker Labs, starting March 1st!
About the Program: WeWork Veterans in Residence powered by Bunker Labs, in its second national tribe and third overall, is now in 15 cities across the U.S. Veterans and military family members should apply to their nearest participating city.
Application Process: Applications are now open until January 3, 2019. Our next national tribe will launch in March 2019. The application takes just a few minutes to fill out and can be accessed here: https://www.wework.com/veterans-in-residence.
If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact We work here: email@example.com
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) will host a series of regional meetings to present information and gather input on how to strengthen career-connected learning for all students in Illinois. Feedback from business, community, and educational leaders will inform ISBE’s five-year plan for career and technical education (CTE) in the state.
ISBE and ICCB are requesting feedback to improve CTE program development and evaluation so all students graduate with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to thrive in their chosen path after high school.
For more information such as how stakeholders can submit feedback and when and where these events will take place, click here.
With so many opportunities on the horizon in Illinois—from forging better connections between programs in career pathways and employers to building out apprenticeships and other work-based learning models—Illinois agencies, advocates, and providers need to work with the same understanding of the terms surrounding workforce and education. For that reason, Illinois approved a statewide definition of Career Pathways this year. Through efforts by 14 statewide partners, this definition was a launching pad for developing a larger group of education and workforce development definitions, all included in the New Career Pathways Dictionary. For more information click here...
October 2, 2017 - Each year, Illinois celebrates the contributions the manufacturing industry has brought to our state by recognizing October as Manufacturing Month. You can help your customers find events statewide, tools to explore manufacturing careers, and more on the Illinois workNet website. Learn more...
8/10/2017 - On August 1, The Chicago Community Trust released a request for proposals for a $3 million solar training pipeline program funded by Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd). This is a statewide funding opportunity with applications due by September 30, 2017. Learn more...
February 6, 2017 - The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announces the release of a competitive grant opportunity to support the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth Apprenticeship Plus initiative in Illinois. This funding opportunity is limited to youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships for youth between the ages of 16-24 within three regions of the state. Learn more...
12/17/2015 - Access program information and guides that are designed for Illinois workNet workforce partners. This information does not require a login, so feel free to share with colleagues and other partners.
5/08/2015 -Illinois workNet has resources and tools that you can use daily with your patrons to help them reach their career, employment and training goals. In addition, download materials that you can use for training with your staff to show them how they can use Illinois workNet with patrons. Learn more...