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Employment & Recruitment Programs in Southwestern Illinois
The State of Illinois and Southwestern Illinois have extensive experience in assisting the development of comprehensive training programs to meet the needs of businesses locating or expanding their operations within the State of Illinois. Many of these employment and recruitment programs have included a combination of the various training programs discussed below. Southwestern Illinois and the State of Illinois are committed to cooperatively working together to develop a comprehensive training package utilizing various training programs to encourage a business to locate its facility within the region.
Illinois Industrial Training Program
The primary purpose of the Illinois Industrial Training Program (ITP) is to provide training assistance to companies expanding or locating in Illinois, adding new product lines, or otherwise retooling or modernizing their facilities which results in the need to provide job training to new workers or to upgrade the skills of existing employees. This program is a state-funded job training program designed to assist new and existing businesses within the State of Illinois with the development of a new or existing workforce.
A new firm locating in Illinois, or an existing firm undertaking a retention or expansion activity, can receive direct reimbursement for up to 50 percent of the total full-time employee training costs. The applicant company will be notified within a maximum of 30 days after submission of a completed Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) application as to the extent of training assistance provided to the project. To accommodate employers' needs, the ITP is designed to enable employers to select and hire the employees to be trained, specify the appropriate job skill requirements, and identify training locations and techniques.
Prairie State 2000 Authority
The Prairie State 2000 Authority provides loans to Illinois-based companies for employer training programs. This program finances employee skill upgrading programs tied to technological changes in the workplace with the focus on the retention of existing jobs. Loans can be made for up to 100 percent of the training costs, with 25 percent forgiven after trainees remain employed with the company for one year following completion of training.
Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA)
In Illinois, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) administers the federal JTPA program. Through a statewide network of 26 service delivery areas, (including a service delivery area administered by Madison and St. Clair Counties' Employment and Training Departments) training programs are provided to economically disadvantaged youths and adults, and to eligible workers who are dislocated due to plant closings, layoffs, or technological changes in their occupations. These comprehensive training programs provide employees who are prescreened, responsible, motivated to succeed, and ready and willing to work. This program helps eliminate the need for costly advertising and the time spent searching through applications to find qualified candidates. Under this program, the employer still maintains the authority to accept or reject any candidate referred by the JTPA program. Other services provided include outreach, job counseling, vocational assessment, job search assistance, placement, on-the-job training, and follow-up services.
For more information, contact:
Linda Odle, email@example.com 618-277-6790, ext. 3259
Illinois Employment and Training One Stop Centers
Illinois' Employment and Training One Stop Centers are innovative, customer driver systems designed to provide employment and training services to employers of all sizes, job seekers and students. These one-stop centers provide employers information on worker availability, current wage rates, and projected labor demand. They also offer specialized employer services such as staff recruitment for mass hiring, customized training and outplacement assistance for businesses. The One-Stop Centers are supported by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, Illinois Department of Employment Security and the JTPA program administered by Madison and St. Clair Counties' Employment and Training Department.
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