November 18th, 2016
Workforce Development Initiatives
•To promote services that well prepare individuals to succeed in the workplace.
•Our vision is accomplished through a functioning model aiding the workforce population toward securing and maintaining long term employment.
•To promote job creation, education and training for real jobs.
A Illinois Department of Human Services funded program, Workforce Development provides job readiness and supportive services. Clients served are TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participants. Services provided are specific to employment and retention and includes topics relative to job search skills, developing appropriate resumes and interest assessments . The program provides an innovative approach to incorporating soft skills training that address day-to-day practices necessary to overall success in employment retention. Employment partners provide work place experience up to 90 days which often result in permanent employment.
Supportive service workshops focus on building confidence and self-esteem and are led by career professionals. Employers offer facility tours showcasing career options which provide participants a look at “real world” employment. These tours are instrumental in developing the career pathway plan necessary for success with long-term employment. The programs’ overall goal is to provide excellent service to all its participants and partners.
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES (WDI)
Workforce Development is a funded program of the Department of Human Services and provides services to:
• TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families). Customers are involved in job related training, education and work experience leading to employment.
• SNAPE&T (Supplemental Nutrition Assis- tance Program Employment and Training) Customers are between 18—49 years of age, non-custodian adults receiving food stamps. They are assisted with acquiring work skills and finding employment.
Community Health Workers—training for those interested in working in hospital, clinics and other healthcare agencies. Training made possible through Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity JTED Grant program.
Customer Service—training for individuals interested in working with call centers and other agencies where customer services is the product.
• Ready to work
• Screened to match specific job openings
• Welfare to Work tax credits for employers
• Bonding providing if required
• Continuous employment mentoring