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  • 2017
    11/15

    WIOA Summit Success Illinois workNet Featured Events

    WIOA Summit LogoThe 2017 WIOA Summit was an exciting time for workforce and education to come together for collaboration and community. The event was hosted by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois Department of Human Services, and other Regional and Local WIOA partners.  Illinois workNet had several featured events at the Summit. Below is a summary of those events and links to the information shared at the workshop.

    Work Readiness Assessment Tools and the Illinois Essential Employability Skills Self-Assessment

    Learn about new assessment tools developed to help your customers make smart, informed career choices. The resources presented in this session will include self-assessments for individuals; guides to exploring skills and interests; training and educational information on employability skills; and tools to build pre-employment skills like preparing a resume, interviewing techniques, searching for jobs, and finding work support services.

    Lacey Pollock, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale/Illinois workNet
    Casey Anderson, Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support

    • Work Readiness Assessment Tools and Resources Presentation (PDF)
    • Illinois Essential Employability Skills Self-Assessment Presentation (PDF)
    • Essential Employability Skills Framework (PDF)

    Illinois workNet Customer Support Center = Customer Centered Tools

    The Illinois workNet Customer Support Center is a set of tools used by customer-focused teams to guide and engage customers in exploring, planning, and training to help them meet their employment goals. The tools provided include a set of work readiness and support service assessments, career planning tools, a resume builder, and a communication system.

    Natasha Telger, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale/Illinois workNet

    • Customer Support Center Presentation (PDF)

    Outreach Tools at Your Fingertips
    Take advantage of the no-cost outreach tools Illinois workNet has to offer! These tools, including the Illinois workNet Service Finder and Event Calendar, are ways to reach new customers and spread the word about services. In addition to the online tools, Illinois workNet provides an array of customizable, printable outreach materials.

    Chelsea Jones, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale/ Illinois workNet

    • Outreach Tools Presentation (PDF)


    If you would like to see all the other sessions from the WIOA Summit and download their presentations, you can find them here.

  • 2017
    11/13

    WIOA Summit Success

    WIOA Summit LogoThe 2017 WIOA Summit was an exciting time for workforce and education to come together. There were over 500 attendees at the summit. Both days were packed with participants ready to network, learn, and contribute to the development of partnerships. The event was hosted by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois Department of Human Services, and other Regional and Local WIOA partners. Participants came together to explore ways to bridge education with workforce to better serve Illinois citizens and prepare the next generation of Illinois workers.

    The first day of the WIOA Summit kicked off with a Plenary session “Statewide WIOA Core Partner Leadership Panel Discussion: Laying the Foundation for Alignment, Collaboration, and Service Integration” with representation from each WIOA Core Partner. The rest of the day was filled with sessions and two more Plenary sessions, “Improving Client Outcomes Through Collaborative Business Engagement” and “Why Businesses Embrace Apprenticeships”.

    Day two of the WIOA Summit took participants right into the content with breakout sessions throughout the morning and then a breakout into facilitated regional team planning. The WIOA Summit was closed with a session by the President and CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network, Chekemma J. Fulmore, titled “Building Partnership that Works”.

    All of the other materials from the Summit can be found on the Illinois State University WIOA Summit Resources page.

  • 2017
    11/10

    Veterans Day and Resources for Veterans

    Veterans Day ImageIn honor of Veterans Day, Illinois workNet would like to thank all who have served in the United States armed forces. We appreciate your sacrifice to help protect us at home and abroad. There are many resources available to Veterans and a great place to learn about some of these is on the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website. Illinois workNet would like to take this opportunity to highlight our specific resources and tools for Veterans.

    All of the tips, tools and resources found on Illinois workNet are general for all audiences including veterans so they can be used in addition to the veteran specific resources found below.  

  • 2017
    11/09

    Share Apprenticeship Week 2017

    National Apprenticeship Week LogoMark your calendars for November 13 - 19, 2017 to celebrate the third annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a National Celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education, and other critical partners a chance to express their support for Apprenticeships. NAW also gives apprenticeship sponsors the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities and apprentices in their community.

    Take advantage of NAW to springboard new apprenticeship opportunities or promote existing apprenticeships with your customers. Are they interested in a new career or changing careers? Getting into an apprenticeship could be a perfect alternate path for them to reach their career, training and employment goals. They will get a mix of classroom learning and paid on-the-job training to launch their career. Explore the NAW week events near you and explore all of the apprenticeship resources available on Illinois workNet. Get started promoting apprenticeships for your customers today!