This page has resources and links for people who are looking for a job and need training.
What is a job training program?
Job training programs give unemployed workers the skills to be successful in their search for a new job or career.
Where can I find information on job training programs in Illinois?
Illinois workNET Programs
The Illinois workNET Portal System has information on services available in Illinois. The website also has an Event Calendar to help you stay up-to-date on job fairs, adult education classes, and job training sessions.
Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)
The IDES has programs for specific groups of workers:
- Apprenticeships: For people who want to work in construction;
- Hire the Future: For youth between the ages of 16 and 24 with finding jobs;
- Veteran Services: For veterans to find jobs through training and coaching; and
- Re-entry Employment Service Program: For people who cannot find jobs due to an arrest record or conviction.
Visit the IDES website for more info on how to find training programs provided through the Illinois Career Information System (CIS).
Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)
If you receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, you can also receive job training through the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS offers:
- A basic review of reading, writing, and math
- GED classes and/or computer training programs
- Job training, mentoring and career counseling
Find your local DHS Office using the DHS Office Locator or by contacting the DHS Help Line at (800) 843-6154.
Year Up Program
This program provides job training and meaningful internships to young adults from low-income households. A GED or high school diploma is required and classes begin in March and September in Chicago. Apply online here - applications are considered on a rolling basis until the class is filled. Apply online here if you have DACA status.
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership offers free job training for positions that are in high demand in Illinois.
A Safe Haven is an organization in Chicago that helps homeless people or those who might become homeless find jobs. They provide life skills, soft skills, job readiness training, on-the-job-training, internships and job placement services.
What if I am a Veteran?
If you are a veteran, there are several local programs that can help you transition to the workforce and apply the skills you learned in the military to civilian life.
What if I was laid off?
The US Department of Labor website has information on resources for people who are laid off.
Also, if you were laid off because your employer is moving jobs out of the country, or is increasing imports, you can apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
Updated: March 2018