April 16, 2020
With the help of two new online resources available to job seekers and businesses, East Central Illinois workNet is ensuring that its services are still available during this time of social distancing and sheltering in place. Individuals can now apply for career planning, training, and job search services, while businesses can complete a business needs assessment to determine what services and programs are the best match for them.
Through the program’s technical capabilities, Career Planners can conduct meetings and screenings over the phone and through online platforms once an application or business needs assessment is completed. They can offer support with everything from job searches and resume writing to recruiting assistance and labor market analysis. The RPC is the fiscal agent and administrator of Title I federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds.
“While many businesses are closed temporarily, we recognize that the services we provide are in high demand now—and will continue to be going forward as the country tries to recover,” says Workforce Development Program Manager Cassandra Brown. “Through WIOA-approved training programs, our funding can assist East Central Illinois businesses upskill their existing workforce to increase productivity and boost a company’s competitiveness.”
The economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will likely take months or even years, but East Central Illinois workNet will be available as a useful resource for many individuals and businesses. Although all five of the workNet Center offices in Champaign (1307 N. Mattis Avenue), Tuscola (401 S. Main Street), Paxton (258 W. State Street), Watseka (1001 E. Grant Street), and Monticello (1115 N. State Street) are currently closed to the public, program staff is still able to meet several workforce and job search needs. The program also provides opportunities for individuals to go back to school and sharpen their skills in training services or career services.
“We remain committed to training and developing the workforce in East Central Illinois while connecting businesses and job seekers,” Brown says. “Our team is ready to assist you, even during this time of crisis. I believe East Central Illinois workNet can play an integral part in helping the area get back on its feet economically in the months ahead.” Individuals and businesses with more questions are encouraged to contact East Central Illinois workNet at workNetservices@ccrpc.org. The program is also developing Facebook and Instagram pages.
East Central Illinois workNet assists clients with job search resources while providing specific education and training opportunities for low-income, underemployed, and dislocated workers in Champaign, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, and Piatt Counties. Based at the Illinois workNet Center in Champaign, the program is focused on helping meet the needs of businesses, job seekers, and those who want to further their careers.