Services for Businesses & Employers
Land of Lincoln Workforce Alliance and its partners including Illinois workNet work together to provide employee-based training programs built to build up Illinois businesses. These programs make employee skill upgrades available to businesses in order to avert layoffs, remain current in new technologies and business practices, or provide job skills to new hires.
Services offered by LLWA encompass Recruitment, Incentives, Business Resources, and Retention and Support as seen below. Before you begin reading, watch the “Welcome to Illinois workNet” video and “Illinois workNet Employer Programs and Tools Webinar” video for an overview of our services.
Utilize valuable tools provided by LLWA and its partners to recruit the best employees, train and upgrade the skills of your current workforce, and develop your business with a range of resources built for entrepreneurs and established businesses.
Hire your employees first and then develop the necessary experience and skills to perform job duties with On-the-Job Training from Illinois workNet and LLWA. As an incentive to hire workers through the OJT Program, a percent of training costs may be reimbursed. The employer must commit to retaining the new hire as a permanent, full-time employee upon successful completion of the training period. Click here for more information regarding OJTs.
LLWA provides essential skills training to candidates which can mean the difference between an adequate employee and an outstanding employee. This level of training teaches Integrity, Self-Management, Responsibility, Decision-Making, Self-Esteem, and Sociability. A significant part of this training is for job readiness, which assists candidates with resume preparation, assessment of their work experience, and the identification and resolution of all training needs. We look to provide employers with a wide range of well-prepared, qualified job seekers who are ready to work.
Specialized training in class-sized training projects is a tool used to help businesses meet the demands of an industry to increase productivity. We work collaboratively with a business, local technical colleges, and/or other training experts to design a curriculum to meet the specific requirements for success. To benefit from the specialized training services, businesses simply agree to employ the trainees upon successful completion of the program.
- College & University Career Services – Find qualified job applicants from schools that train for specific company needs
- Education & Training Programs – Find schools and training programs by typing in an occupation, key word of select the school type
- Employer Training Investment Program – Grants can reimburse new or expanding companies for up to 50 percent of the cost of training their employees
- Employer Workshops – Find workshops near you or login to add your own
- Hiring Events – Find hiring events near you or login to add your own
- Hiring People with Disabilities, Re-Entry Candidates, Veterans and Seniors – Learn about the benefits of hiring individuals from all walks of life
- Illinois Job Link
- Job Recruitment Events in Your Area – On the Illinois workNet site, type your zip code in the search box at the top of any page for listings in your area
- Job Training Economic Development – Non-for-profit community-based organizations develop curricula and train under-skilled employees
- Mini Job Fairs – Find mini job fairs near you or login to add your own
- On-line Job Postings – Everything from Illinois Job Link, Illinois workNet, and IDES to Indeed.com and more
- Adaptive Equipment
- Applicant Referrals – Pre-Employment Screening Based on Employer and Industry Standards
- Conduct Reference Checks and Verify Previous Employment
- Private Interview Rooms – Employers can schedule the use of the Illinois workNet Center conference rooms to interview job seekers
Business Grants for Employee Training
Employers from specific targeted industries are eligible to apply for funding that will allow them to upgrade the skills of their workforce in order to become or remain competitive and to avert employee layoffs. Targeted industries include:
- Professional & Business Services
- Wholesale Trade
- Transportation & Logistics
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Work Opportunity Tax Credits provide a business with either tax credits or other incentives to hire or retain individuals from specific target groups. These incentives can be key to your business’ success as you bring in or retain skilled workers. Click on the link to learn more from Illinois workNet.
Provides outplacement services to workers facing layoffs as a result of plant closings or significant reductions in force. A Rapid Response Team can meet with the dislocated workers as a group, and inform them of the various services available to them in the community and to answer any questions they may have.
Rapid Response Services available include:
- Budget and Credit Counseling
- Career Counseling
- Counselors That Aid in Dealing with Stress-Related Job Loss, Change, etc.
- Information about Education and Training Opportunities
- Information on Health Benefits and Pensions
- Job Search Assistance
- Labor Market Information
- Pre-Layoff Workshops
- Regional & Community Profiles – Learn about geographic and economic information as well as school districts, and personal income
- Resume and Interview Preparation
- Unemployment Insurance Filing and Information
- Veterans’ Information and Employment Programs
- WARN Notices – Plant closures and mass layoffs
- Workforce Transition & Downsizing Services – Learn about legal responsibilities of businesses downsizing as well as how to assist laid off workers
Click Here to connect with a specialist on our Business Services team.
Retention & Support
Once a candidate is referred to and hired by a business, our services continue for both the business and the trainees.
For businesses, we will continue partnerships with agencies, technical colleges, programs, and other training specialists to further upgrade employee skills. We will them provide Timely Information Sessions for businesses about trending workforce topics, labor market information, and talent pipeline updates.
For trainees, LLWA job coaches will stay in contact to provide followup as needed. Trainees are provided with transportation assistance as needed and they can be provided with other job requirements including tools, safety glasses, boots, required clothing or uniforms, and other items.