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  • 2018

    2018 WIOA Unified State Plan Modifications Finalized

    ​Today the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board finalized and approved the 2018 Unified State Plan Modification.  The plan may be viewed here.   

    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 requires the Governor of each state to submit a Unified State Plan every four years and a modification every two years.  The Plan is designed to provide a vision of the Governor's integration of workforce, education and economic development policy while also serving as a federal compliance document for the United States Departments of Labor and Education under WIOA.  The modification includes examples of WIOA implementation activities state-wide, information on changes in labor market and economic conditions and other factors. The Unified State Plan was prepared under the leadership of the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board with representation of the core and required partners to the Unified State Plan.  The plan was put out for public comment for input from stakeholders and constituents across the state.  

  • 2018

    DCEO Workforce Grant Workshops Added

    ​The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, in conjunction with the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) has released grant opportunities to improve the economic growth and competitiveness of the state’s employers and their workforce.  The Department of Commerce announces new workshop to discuss the funding opportunities including Illinois’ Career Pathways definitions and Apprenticeship Plus framework.


    Registration Link:

    Time & Date: TBD - Week of March 26th, 10AM-3PM

    Location TBD: Metro East St. Louis Area


    Registration Link:

    March 28, 2018, 10AM – 3PM

    Thelma Keller Convention Center

    1202 N Keller Dr.

    Effingham, Illinois 62401


    Registration Link: 
    April 3, 2017, 10 AM – 3PM

    Michael A. Bilandic Building

    160 N. LaSalle Street

    5th Floor Auditorium

    Chicago, Illinois


    Registration Link:

    April 4, 2017, 10AM – 3PM

    Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc.

    917 S. Main St.

    Rockford, IL 61101


    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.

    The Youth Career Pathways Program will provide grants for projects that address priorities identified in the WIOA Unified State Plan and incorporate the practices of the statewide adopted definition for a career pathway framework.  Proposals must serve opportunity youth with barriers that prevent continued education and employment.  Successful pilot projects will integrate workforce, education, and economic development services and address barriers to accessing job-driven training resulting in employment opportunities.  These projects will inform the development of sustainable career pathways for young people throughout the state. Additionally, funded proposals support the effective implementation of WIOA regulations within Illinois’ economic development regions.

    The WIOA Statewide Workforce Innovation Program can fund projects that support the vision, principles, goals and strategies articulated within the WIOA Unified State Plan.  Applicants should document how the project will impact the competitive position of Illinois businesses and workers through workforce development, education, and economic development projects that can be replicated throughout the State (as applicable).  Applications must address one or more of the WIOA Statewide Workforce Activities listed below to be considered for funding.

    • Sector Partnership Projects

    • Innovative Workforce Pilot and Research Projects

    • Priority Population Projects

    • Statewide Technical Assistance




    This session will provide an overview of the key elements of the 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunities from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  The session will highlight the Illinois Pathways Definitions and the Apprenticeship Plus Framework in addition to the other key components of the Illinois Talent Pipeline, WIOA Statewide Innovation and Youth Career Pathways Programs.

    • Apprenticeship Overview & Updates
    • Funding Opportunities
    • Talent Pipeline
    • Statewide Innovation
    • Youth Career Pathways


    This session will provide detailed information regarding the State of Illinois grant application requirements and procedures under the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act.  The technical grant submission requirements including the technical proposal, required attachment and budget forms will be reviewed in detail. 

    • Grants 101 & Illinois GATA Requirements
    • NOFO / WIOA Requirements
    • Required Application Forms
    • Project Workplan
    • Budget Worksheet

  • 2018

    The Illinois workNet Connections Conference

    ​Illinois workNet presented Youth Work Readiness Assessment Tools at the Connections Conference provided March 8th. If you were not able to attend, you can still benefit from the FREE Illinois workNet resources to help youth reach their training and employment goals. 


    1.    Register to attend webinars to learn about more FREE tools for Illinois workNet Partners.

    • Webinar:  Customer Support Overview webinar on Thursday, March 15, at 10:00 A.M
      • Target audience: All Illinois workNet Workforce and Education Partners
      • Description: If you are looking for a way to view customer or student progress as they work towards their career path, Illinois workNet has just the tool for you! This webinar will cover the Customer Support Center, which is one of Illinois workNet's Partner Tools. We will show you how to invite customers, view their progress and learn how to use the results to guide them through the decision making process.
      • Link to Register: Register for Customer Support Overview
    • Webinar:  Assessing your Customers with Illinois workNet Tools Thursday, April 5, at 10:00 A.M.
      • Target audience: All Illinois workNet Workforce and Education Partners
      • Description: We will be sharing a brief overview of all the tools available on Illinois workNet to assess your customers. We will cover:
        • Skills and Interests
        • Employment 101
        • NOCTI Results
        • Observational Evaluation
        • Worksite Evaluation
        • Additional Assessments
      • Link to Register: Register for Assessing your Customers with Illinois workNet Tools

    2.    Take a look the resources used in the Connections Conference, follow the links below: