Illinois workNet will be holding an upcoming webinar for Job Seekers that will demonstrate the New Virtual Job Fair (VJF) tools available on Illinois workNet. This is a new opportunity for Job Seekers to learn about and apply for job openings as well as communicate with representatives from employers that are hiring in Illinois for free. Job seekers will be able to explore these employer booths and attend Virtual Job Fair events to explore what opportunities are available to them and learn about their future employer. Register for the webinar here.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 10, 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 Illinois workNet for job seekers. The purpose of this course is to help individuals with their career goals. For more information about how to access the course, 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.
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 8, 2019 - This April, Illinois workNet is celebrating National Financial Literacy Month. Financial Literacy Month is an annual event that aims to teach people the importance of properly managing their finances. Throughout the month, Illinois workNet will be posting events related to Financial Literacy that will take place around the state. Click here for more information.
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.
February 18, 2019 - 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. These workshops are free of charge. Read more about the series here.
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.
December 13, 2018 - 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
December 3, 2018 - 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.
November 20, 2018 - 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 1, 2018 - 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. For more information click here...
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in conjunction with the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) has released grant opportunities to improve the economic growth and competitiveness of the state’s employers and their workforce. The Department of Commerce announces new workshop to discuss the funding opportunities including Illinois’ Career Pathways definitions and Apprenticeship Plus framework. For More information click here…
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...
October 2, 2015 - The WIOA Implementation site acts as the hub for all resources related to WIOA implementation, including work of the seven Task Advisory Groups (TAGs) and the Interagency Work Group. Easily access any time using the program tile below or click here to access the site...