The Illinois Talent Pipeline Program uses strategies to train workers who can contribute to a companies’ growth and success. Projects funded under this program are intended to develop sustainable work-based learning programs to help Illinois companies retain and train current workers and hire new staff. The goal of a talent pipeline grant is to maintain a pipeline of hirable talent for the employer being served. Applications must address one or more of the Illinois Talent Pipeline activities listed below to be considered for funding.
- Projects that connect talent strategies with business needs.
- Layoff aversion projects that support businesses and workers that are impacted or at risk of being impacted by company closures or layoffs.
- Projects that expand work-based learning opportunities including apprenticeships for targeted populations.
Grant Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the 2018 State Fiscal Year (SFY). The cut-off date to ensure that proposals will be considered in State Fiscal Year 2018 is May 1, 2018.