Illinois provides regional
Navigators to help employers and other organizations get started in creating apprenticeship programs or other work-based learning solutions.
Navigator will work with you, free of charge, on the following:
- Understand the registered apprenticeship training model, as well as other work-based learning solutions
- Identify existing models and frameworks for your occupations of interest
- Connect you with the appropriate resources to assist with your program, which may include funding
- Connect you with intermediaries or the USDOL for full recognition in the National Registered Apprenticeship System
- Assist you as your workforce needs evolve
here to find a Navigator in your region
Your Navigator will help you through the process of planning and starting your own program.
Quick-start Action Planner
What do I need to get started?
Determine your workforce needs for skilled talent
- Do you have challenges in finding skilled workers?
- What particular occupations or positions?
- What are your long-term workforce needs?
Identify partners and resources you need (Don't go it alone!)
- Do you want to partner with local workforce agencies or training providers?
- Do you want/need to partner with local educational providers?
- Are there community based organizations (CBOs), economic development, or other critical partners that could help make this more successful?
- Are there existing programs offered by intermediaries such as the local workforce area, community college, industry association, etc. in your area?
- If you want a Registered Apprenticeship program, work with your local DOL representative to help in design and registration.
Determine your classroom training model
- Will you provide classroom instruction in-house or do you want a partner to provide it?
- Is it important to you to align the instruction piece with other industry credentials?
- Will you pay for the classroom training or do you need to identify other options?
Design and develop your program
- How will you select individuals for your program?
- Do you want the program to serve new entrnts or incumbent (current) workers?
- How long does it take for someone to be fully proficient in their job?
- What skills, competencies, and abilities must they learn and know?
- How will you know they are ready? Based on time, based on competency, or a mixture of both?
- How will you compensate individuals as their skills and competencies increase?
- If desired, work with DOL to register your program and receive recognition for meeting the requirements for national registration.
Marketing and Implementation
- Conduct marketing and outreach for your program.
- Recruit and select participants, rewarding prior experience as appropriate.
- Identify mentors and/or levels of supervision to ensure quality coaching and safety on-the-job.
- Implement and begin training — both classroom and on-the-job as designed.
Marketing and Implementation
- Assess the program and participants' success moving forward.
- Continuously improve the quality of your program over time.