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  • 2019

    Apprenticeship Expansion 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity

    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.

    Please click here to access the NOFO on Illinois workNet.

    This NOFO aligns with Governor Pritizker's Executive Order #3 action plan, the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board Apprenticeship Committee's work plan, and Illinois' State Unified Plan to help business and industry with their workforce needs while simultaneously providing individuals with a pathway to a career.

    DCEO will host an informational webinar about the NOFO on Monday, October 21st and multiple Bidder's Conferences across the state. These information sessions aim to provide guidance and answer questions from grant seekers. Please use the links below to register for these upcoming sessions. Seating is limited at some locations, so please only register if you plan to attend.

    The webinar will be recorded and posted on: Presentation slides and resource materials for competitive proposals will also be available on this site.

    Date Time Activity Location Coordinator/Room Registration
    10/21/20192 – 4:00pmWebinar Online
    Illinois workNet

    10/22/20199 – 11:00amBidder's ConferenceChicagoJames R. Thompson Center Auditorium, Atrium Level,
    100 W Randolph Ave,
    Chicago, IL 60601

    10/28/20191 – 3:00pmBidder's ConferenceNapervilleNIU Naperville
    Room 260
    1120 E Diehl Rd,
    Naperville, IL 60563

    10/29/20199 – 11:00am Bidder's ConferenceRockfordRockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning
    313 N Main St,
    Rockford, IL 61101

    10/29/20192 – 4:00pmBidder's ConferencePeoriaPeoria Public Main Library
    Main Library Auditorium
    107 NE Monroe St,
    Peoria, IL 61602

    10/30/20199 – 11:00amBidder's ConferenceChampaignParkland College - Applied Technology Center Room T106/T107
    2400 West Bradley Ave, 
    Champaign, IL 61821

    11/4/20192 – 4:00pmBidder's ConferenceMarionMarion State Regional Office Building - Main Conference Room
    2309 West Main St,
    Marion, IL 62959

    11/5/20199 – 11:00amBidder's ConferenceCollinsvilleIllinois Health and Family Services building
    1803 Ramada Blvd,
    STE B204
    Collinsville, IL  62234

    11/6/20199 – 11:00amBidder's ConferenceSpringfieldSIU Center for Workforce Development
    Lincoln Land Community College
    2450 Foundation Dr, 
    Suite 100
    Springfield, IL 62703


    Any questions concerning the NOFO should be in writing and directed to

    Thank you for your support in expanding apprenticeship across the state. Please feel free to forward this email to those who may be interested in applying.

    Patrick Campbell
    Program Director
    Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity – Office of Employment and Training


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