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Services for Businesses and Employers

The Land of Lincoln Workforce Alliance and its partners, including Illinois workNet, work together to provide employee-based training programs designed 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, described below.

Retention and Support

Once a candidate is referred to and hired by a business, our services continue for both the business and the trainee(s).

For businesses, we will continue partnerships with agencies, technical colleges, programs, and other training specialists to further upgrade employee skills. We will provide Timely Information Sessions for businesses about trending workforce topics, labor market information, and talent pipeline updates.

For trainees, LLWA career planners will stay in contact to provide follow-up as needed. Trainees are provided with transportation assistance as needed and can be provided with other job-required necessities such as tools, safety glasses, boots, required clothing or uniforms, and other items.

Recruitment: On-The-Job Trainings

Hire your employees first and then help them develop the necessary experience and skills to succeed in their new position by utilizing Illinois workNet and Land of Lincoln Workforce Alliance's On-The-Job Training initiatives. Employers may be able to be reimbursed for their new hire's wages.

Discover more about OJTs here.

Incentives: 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:

  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Construction

Visit our dedicated Business Grants for Employee Training page for more information.

Recruitment & Incentives: LLWA Services

The Land of Lincoln Workforce Alliance provides Adaptive Equipment, Applicant Referrals and Pre-Employment Screening, and even services such as private conference rooms that can be utilized for interviewing job seekers. Visit our comprehensive Services for Individuals page for more information.

Incentives: Work Opportunity Tax Credit

A Work Opportunity Tax Credit provides 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. Find more information on Illinois workNet.

Business Services

Our Rapid Response initiative 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 or on an individual basis to inform them of the various services available to them in the community and to answer any questions they may have.

Rapid Response Services Available

"The Land of Lincoln Workforce Alliance, an Illinois workNet™ Center, is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program Provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.”

Accessibility Statement

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