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: yuki.lin@wework.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...


Governor Rauner recently signed into law SB 351, which assures Illinois' community college students enrolled in Perkins-approved CTE programs have access to food security through SNAP benefits. An estimated 40,000 low-income community college students across Illinois – both full-time and part-time students – are now eligible for these benefits. For more information click here...


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...


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... 


August 1, 2018 - The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announce the release of the updated Notice of Funding Opportunity under the Apprenticeship Expansion ProgramFor more information click here...


July 6, 2018 - The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announce the release of the updated Notice of Funding Opportunity under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program. For more information click here...


June 24, 2015 - Illinois workNet is joined forces with experts across the state to bring you a webinar series covering small business topics. From starting your business to key performance indicators, we covered the topics employers and entrepreneurs need! Watch archived videos from webinars that have already occurred and ​visit our webinar registration page​ to find out what's coming up next.


Fire up your summer job search with Illinois workNet. Whether you're off for the summer and need some cash for fun, or you are looking for seasonal work, the resources you need are at your fingertips. Use the resources, tools, and information with each step below to get your job search started. 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 23, 2018 - The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announce the release of the updated Notice of Funding Opportunity under the Youth Career Pathways Program. For more information click here...


December 22, 2017 - The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announce the release of the updated Notice of Funding Opportunity under the Illinois Talent Pipeline Program. For more information click here...


December 22, 2017 - The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announce the release of the updated Notice of Funding Opportunity under the WIOA Statewide Workforce Innovation Program. For more information click here...


November 9, 2017 - Mark your calendars for November 13 - 19, 2017 to celebrate the third annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). You can find events statewide, tools to explore apprenticeships, and more on the Illinois workNet website. Learn more...


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 find events statewide, tools to explore manufacturing careers, and more on the Illinois workNet website. Learn more...


May 24, 2017 - This informational series of short videos covers a broad range of topics for jobseekers with disabilities and employers, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodation, how to seek services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Vocational Rehabilitation, and much more! Check them out today!


February 8, 2017 - The demand occupations search has been updated. We have improved the search functionality as well as the results view. Labor Market Information is available for the careers. You can see the specific LMI data for the demand regions. Get started exploring in demand occupations near you! Start searching...


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...


January 31, 2017 - The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in conjunction with the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) Apprenticeship Committee, has released a grant opportunity to expand existing Registered Apprenticeship programs and create new Registered Apprenticeship programs or create and expand pre-apprenticeship programs that are directly linked to a Registered Apprenticeship program. Learn more...


November 18, 2016 - The Illinois Workforce Innovation Board Youth Committee announces the release of the 2017 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Career Pathways Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). With an emphasis on the needs of young people who are not in school and not working, coined Opportunity Youth, this funding opportunity is intended to support effective career pathway practices distilled by the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board’s Youth Task Force. Learn more...


August 31, 2016 - In June, 2016 USDOL and DOE approved the Illinois WIOA Unified State Plan on the condition that certain items be addressed by Sept. 1, 2016.  The Illinois response was jointly developed by the WIOA core partners that make up the Governor’s WIOA Interagency Work Group and made available for public comment.  The response was approved by the IWIB Executive Committee and submitted to DOL/DOE on August 31, 2016. Learn more...


August 18, 2016 - The United States Departments of Labor and Education notified the Governor and the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) the WIOA Unified State Plan was conditionally approved pending the receipt of technical corrections and specific additional content. The State of Illinois response is posted on WIOA Works and public comment will be accepted via email until 5 PM on August 19, 2016. Learn more...


August 3, 2016 - The workNet team has re-designed the header of the website to allow for more consistent navigation across devices (computers and mobile devices). These updates lay the groundwork for a more modern web design and tools. Learn more...


July 20, 2016 - WIOA Performance Goals are customer based and data driven. WIOA aligns the performance indicators for core programs, and adds new ones related to services to employers and postsecondary credential attainment. Our state’s performance goals must reflect economic conditions and participant characteristics. Learn more...


July 20, 2016 - The Illinois Department of Commerce, Office of Employment and Training is requesting public comment on the WIOA Illinois PY 2016 and PY 2017 State Proposed Target Levels of Performance. Learn more...


April 1, 2016 - The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in partnership with the Core WIOA Partners Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Employment Security, and Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services, announces the release of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Career Pathways RFA. Learn more...


March 30, 2016 - The final version of the Unified State Plan for Illinois has been submitted to the United States Departments of Labor and Education. You can download the entire plan, including attachments and program specific appendices, on WIOA Works. Learn more...


March 17, 2016 - The Department of Commerce, Office of Employment and Training is requesting public comment on the draft WIOA Policy Letter for Eligible Training Providers and Training Programs. Learn more...


January 25, 2016 - The State of Illinois has released the WIOA Unified Strategic Workforce Development Plan. The Plan and all associated documents have been added to Illinois workNet and are available for review and comment until February 24. Get started today...


December 11, 2015 - The Department of Commerce has released the newest RFA for the Illinois Talent Pipeline Management program. The RFA, Application, and all related materials have been posted to Illinois workNet. 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...


October 2, 2015 - Have you used the NEW WIOA Approved Training Program search yet? This tool lets you search by WIOA Training Program, WIOA Training Provider, or Demand Occupation and narrow results by keyword, location, job family, and more! In addition, you can now compare up to 3 different programs to get a side-by-side view of them all to pick what is best for you. Get started...


September 9, 2015 - Go back to school with success with help from Illinois worknet! Check out our latest news item that provides all students with resources and tools to help balance your advancement in education, training, and work. Read more...


September 17, 2015 - The Illinois workNet team has overhauled the Summer 2015 Youth Guide to provide youth with a year round tool to help them achieve their career, training and employment goals. Get started...


August 28, 2015 - The listing of Illinois Talent Pipeline Grantee Awards for State Fiscal Year 2015 has been posted. Click here to view.


July 21, 2015 - The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) application is live! This program is for Illinois residents with a disability between the ages of 14-64 (age requirement differs depending on the county). Learn more and apply here.


June 22, 2015 - With the school year over, it's a great time to start thinking about what you can do with your summer. Use this guide or the downloadable PDF version to learn how to prepare for a job, apply for a job, be smart with your money, and plan for the future. Get started now...


April 1, 2015 - Accessing the Workforce & Education Partner Pathway is as easy as ever! Scroll all the way to the bottom of any page on Illinois workNet and click the link for Partner Resources under the Workforce & Education Partner Pathway column. Get started now...