SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To help create jobs and boost the economy, state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, recently backed legislation to provide professional and technical training to young adults entering the workforce through the 21st Century Employment Grant Program.
“There are many employers looking for people who have the right skills to fill the positions they have available,” Mussman said. “This program is an investment in our next generation. By ensuring that they have valuable professional, vocational and technical skills, we are preparing them for high-wage jobs in a diverse workforce.”
Mussman supported Senate Bill 1919, which establishes the 21st Century Employment Grant Program. The bipartisan bill creates a way for employers to develop customized job-training courses for high school and college students. These programs help employers recruit workers with specialized skills needed for a wide range of jobs. The program is supported by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
“This bill is going to give students the resources they need to compete in the modern job market,” Mussman said. “By putting an emphasis on job training, we will be able to see the benefits of bringing young people from education into a profession that they not only care about, but are prepared to handle.”