Workforce Development

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides the framework for a unique national workforce preparation and employment system designed to meet the needs of the nation’s businesses, job seekers and those who want to further their careers. The most important aspect of the Act is its focus on ensuring that the workforce system is job-driven by responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future.

Key components of the Act enable customers to:

  • Easily access the information and services they need through the Illinois workNet system;
  • Obtain the training they find most appropriate through Individual Training Accounts, which allows them to “purchase” training that is the best fit for them and supports employment in an in demand job sector.;.
  • Job search assistance.

Key components of the Act enable employers to:

  • Offset the cost of training new hires by providing reimbursement of up to 50% of wages of trainee while in training;
  • Reduce training costs of current employees through the incumbent worker training program and;
  • Access business solution service such as prescreening of applicants, recruitment, and labor market information.

Current Customer Services

  • WIOA Youth Services – provides education support and work experiences for in-school and out-of-school youth between ages 14-24 to prepare them for college, technical training or jobs as they enter adulthood.
  • WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker Services – provides job search assistance, supportive services and college tuition/technical training assistance leading to employment for participants.
  • Trade Act Assistance – provides job search assistance, supportive services and re-training assistance for workers displaced due to jobs relocating overseas.

Current Employer Services

  • Incumbent Worker Training – provides employers with a means of working with their current employees who need to improve their skills in order to avoid being laid off from a company which is at risk of downsizing or closing.
  • On the Job Training – program in which the employer, either public or private, enters into an agreement with their local Illinois WorkNet Center to hire, train, and retain the individual upon successful completion of the training program. Through this program, businesses may be reimbursed up to 50% of the new employee’s wages while they are in training.

Staff assists the public with job search resources and provide specific education and training opportunities for low-income, underemployed and dislocated workers in Champaign, Iroquois, Ford and Piatt Counties.