The Office of Employment & Training advances the priorities of the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board, the Governor, and the Department of Commerce by providing resources, policy, oversight, and technical assistance to support the workforce system in developing qualified workers that fulfill the needs of businesses. Our vision is that Illinois thrives when businesses have qualified workers and workers have self-sustaining jobs.
We provide oversight and administration for our statewide workforce system, which consists of 22 Local Workforce Innovation Areas throughout the state, in coordinating and promoting initiatives to bridge the skills gap. Illinois’ workforce system provides comprehensive resources for employers and helps connect targeted populations - such as dislocated workers, veterans, low-skilled adults, immigrants, and out-of-school youth - to employment and training programs that lead to self-sustaining wages. We program, develop, and expand partnerships that engage businesses, other state agencies, educators, local governments, and economic development partners to ensure a coordinated cradle to career approach to education and workforce development, preparing Illinois residents for successful careers. Additional programs and services include Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing (ATIM), the Trade Act Program, disabilityworks®, and Illinois workNet® Centers.
The Illinois Department of Commerce administers federally funded programs, including the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that provides on-the-job training to hire and train employees, customized classroom training to help train and retain employees, and incumbent worker training to upgrade the skills of existing employees.
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