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 9, 2020 - Whether you plan on traveling for spring break, attending concerts or festivals, or being part of other large group gatherings or are protecting yourself in the workplace, it is important to know the facts about the coronavirus. 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. 

The "Why I Apprentice" national JFF contest is calling upon today's youth to share with the world why being an Apprentice has changed their life. Are you an Apprentice with a story to tell? Learn more about how you can share your story.

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 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.

November 8, 2019 - National Apprenticeship Week (NAW)November 11 - 17, 2019, is almost here! Take advantage of NAW to learn more about apprenticeships, and if they might be a good fit for you or your company. For more information about this week, click here.


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.

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.

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 23, 2019 - This week is Employ Older Workers Week! Older workers are an important force that contribute to our workplaces and communities with their wisdom and experiences. For more information and resources, click here.

September 22 – 28 is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. The goal of this week is to raise awareness about the importance of adult education and family literacy. Learn more about this week and how you can participate for this week by 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 3, 2019 - The month of June is National Safety Month. This month focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. For more information about this month and how you can stay safe, please click here.

May 6 – May 10 is National Construction Safety Week. This week acknowledges the importance of workplace safety and how best to avoid injuries on the job. For more information about how to stay safe and what you can do, click here.

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.

Workforce professionals and service providers will have the opportunity to learn the basics for different  apprenticeship models and how best to take advantage of these opportunities in Illinois.

Target Audience

The workshops targets (1) organizations that currently support workforce development programming but need support to participate effectively in apprenticeship programs and (2) organizations who wish to support or create apprenticeship programs in their area. The organizations may currently provide:

  • Workforce readiness skills such as professional skills, technical skills, or career exploration,
  • On-the-job supports such as counseling and social services, or
  • First-job experience or guided employment.

The types of organizations that may benefit from these workshops include: community-based organizations, foundations, associations, Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development, front-line workers, high school vocational educators, community college workforce development professionals, and other service providers.

These workshops are free of charge.

For more information on what you will learn from the workshops, view this flyer.

For dates and locations of the workshops taking place throughout Illinois, visit this page.

October 3, 2018 - Mark your calendars for November 12 - 18, 2018 to celebrate the fourth annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a national celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to demonstrate their support for apprenticeship. For more information click here...