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State Of Illinois Expands Its ‘Apprenticeship Pathways’

Published Sunday, July 25, 2021
by Illinois DCEO news release Via
State Of Illinois Expands Its ‘Apprenticeship Pathways’

(SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS) - The State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has announced an $8 million expansion of the Apprenticeship Illinois Program.

Through a Notice of Funding Opportunity, DCEO will expand innovative and high-quality Apprenticeship Programs to prepare Illinoisans for jobs in high-demand industries.

Through the expansion, Illinois aims to serve an additional 750 Apprentices across key industries, with plans to reach underserved populations as well as industries heavily impacted by COVID-19.

Illinois will leverage $2 million in USDOL funding under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and $6 million of additional funding under the USDOL State Apprenticeship Expansion, Equity and Innovation Grant Program, to develop innovative new pathways in communities throughout the state - while ensuring these training programs are aligned with current labor market/force needs.

The state will also seek to boost capacity of existing Apprenticeship Pathways in all sectors which are offered in partnership with hundreds of employer-led navigator partners across Illinois.

“During this unprecedented time for Workers and companies, the investments we are making today to grow Apprenticeships will help more Illinoisans get back to work in well-paying jobs, while developing strong talent pipelines for the future,” Governor J.B. Pritzker said. “From day one, my administration has focused on expanding workforce training, like Apprenticeships, so that residents, regardless of where they live, can enter (21st) Century career pathways.  With these investments, hundreds of additional Illinoisans will be able to gain the skills they need for successful careers as we continue to build a strong recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic for all of our residents.”

DCEO will expand Apprenticeship opportunities geared toward restoring the creative arts and entertainment sector, while increasing training opportunities for underserved populations.

Apprenticeship expansion dollars will also grow the capacity of pathways currently offered and which have been impacted during the crisis - including those ranging from health care to hospitality, tech to transportation, manufacturing and more.

“DCEO is proud to expand the Apprenticeship Illinois Program, providing Workers access to comprehensive training and credentials that will help them excel in the jobs and career paths our Illinois employers are looking to fill today,” said DCEO Acting Director Sylvia Garcia.

The state will seek to launch a new pathway to upskill Workers in the creative arts and entertainment industry sector.  Through this first-ever pathway, Illinois will supplement funds for Workers in these sectors to participate in training programs that build capacity for under-represented populations for jobs in these industries.

Residents and employers seeking to join the Apprenticeship Illinois program can visit: to learn more and to find their local Apprenticeship navigator.

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