Employer Leadership

 Build Your Talent Pipeline with Speed and Flexibility

As an employer, you can more easily align your talent acquisition with your business strategy by utilizing Illinois’ workforce network. Business-driven solutions offered through WIOA include:

  • Occupational and labor market information to inform economic forecasting;
  • No-cost human resource services for recruiting, retaining, and hiring qualified employees;
  • Accelerated and customized employer-based training programs for increasing skills of existing and new employees; and
  • Partnerships to access a skilled workforce with nationally-recognized credentials.

Business Leading the Way

The viewpoints of businesses are important to the success of the network; employers are represented on the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB), the state’s workforce oversight panel, and on all boards of the state’s Local Workforce Innovation Areas.

Illinois is also reducing the skills gap by building capacity for economic development organizations, chambers of commerce and industry associations to prioritize workforce training and retention. Employers are the end customer in this effort.  Illinois Pathways was launched in February 2012 to support Illinois’ goal of increasing the percentage of residents with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025. 

Illinois also plans to implement the major strategies promoted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) initiative.  These TPM strategies provide the next steps in linking economic and workforce development and building STEM-related talent pipelines through the Illinois Pathways initiative.

​Programs for Employers

WIOA helps facilitate your business’ growth by making an investment in your human capital. By utilizing WIOA programs and services, an employer can build a talent pipeline of skilled, qualified workers. 

There are five primary programs available to employers:

  1. Customized Training – pay for less than 50% of the cost of the training, designed by you.
  2. Incumbent Worker Training – increase your current employees’ skills, reimbursable up to 90%.
  3. On-the-Job Training – make sure new employees get the training they need, during which their new wages will be reimbursable up to 50%.
  4. Job Training and Economic Development – specifically for small business owners seeking employees.
  5. No-cost human resource services – matching qualified workers with your job openings, screening and assessment, and follow-up to ensure successful placements.

Connect to these programs​, services and resources on the Illinois workNet Portal System. 


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