The Illinois Works Jobs Program Act, 30 ILCS 559/Art. 20,is a statewide initiative to ensure that all Illinois residents have access to State capital projects and careers in the construction industry and building trades and to provide contracting and employment opportunities to historically underrepresented populations in the construction industry. This will be accomplished through three programs created by the Illinois Works Jobs Program Act: the Illinois Works Apprenticeship Initiative, the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program and the Illinois Works Bid Credit Program.
The legislation establishing these programs can be found in the Program Statute (30 ILCS 559/Art. 20). The administrative rules for these programs are still in process and will be located at 14 Ill. Admin. Code Part 680. For general program questions, please contact the Illinois Works Office at
Illinois Works Apprenticeship Initiative
The goal of the Illinois Works Apprenticeship Initiative (“10% apprenticeship goal”) is that for projects estimated to cost $500,000 or more, apprentices will perform either 10% of the total labor hours actually worked in each prevailing wage classification or 10% of the estimated labor hours in each prevailing wage classification, whichever is less. The 10% apprenticeship goal applies to projects being paid for in whole or in part by appropriated capital funds to construct a public work either through a contract or grant issued by a State agency. The State agency funding the project will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the Illinois Works Apprenticeship Initiative for all contracts and grants it administers.
For information on applicability, please contact the grant or contract manager at the State agency managing your grant or contract.
Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will administer a grant program, which will establish a network of community-based, nonprofit organizations throughout Illinois to provide services free of charge to recruit, pre-screen and provide pre-apprenticeship skills training. At the completion of the program, a diverse group of qualified candidates will gain new skills and be work-ready for careers in the construction industry and building trades.
Grant applications are anticipated to be available by mid-2021 for the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program.
Illinois Works Bid Credit Program
Contractors or subcontractors that employ apprentices that have completed the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program on State public works projects may be eligible to earn bid credits for future state-funded public works projects. The Illinois Works Bid Credit Program will encourage contractors and subcontractors to provide opportunities to historically underrepresented populations in the construction industry.
Further guidance on this program will be released after the launch of the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program by mid-2021.