The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (Department of Commerce) seeks workforce projects that connect talent strategies with business needs. This is the logical next step as we expand the implementation of the Illinois Pathways model and is based on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation call to action, “Managing the Talent Pipeline: A New Approach to Closing the Skills Gap.”
As the economic and workforce development agency in Illinois, Department of Commerce is a national leader in developing employer driven training solutions that meet the needs of businesses and job seekers. Through our Office of Employment and Training, Department of Commerce leverages Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) dollars to fund solutions not only for business, but also for local workforce areas, industry associations, economic development entities, and community colleges to create sector-based models and develop career pathways for job seekers including the long-term unemployed, veterans, people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth.
The complete program guidelines are available from this page. The deadline to be considered for a Program Year 2016 grant is May 15, 2017.