ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — To increase access to job opportunities in the construction industry and other trades, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is encouraging local organizations to apply for Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program funding. Non-profit, community-based organizations are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $200,000 to $550,000 per year to fund a pre-apprenticeship program in line with Illinois Works program requirements.
“The construction industry and other trades provide Illinoisans with good-paying jobs so they can support their families and contribute to the local economy,” Manley said. “This opportunity for funding will help expand these opportunities to more people and diversify the industry.”
The Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program helps participants develop skills and receive industry certifications that can help them gain admission to apprenticeship programs. Participants receive a stipend and other services to reduce barriers to enter the construction industry, bolstering their opportunities for employment and readying them for a career in construction or other trades. Organizations such as chambers of commerce, industry associations, local workforce areas, technical schools and community colleges are eligible to apply for funding.
“The Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program helps local businesses attract qualified talent and allows participants to develop the skills necessary for a fulfilling career,” Manley said. “I highly recommend that local businesses and organizations apply for this funding to expand the Pre-Apprenticeship Program to the 98th district.”
Organizations have until 5 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2022 to apply for the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Notice of Funding Opportunity. For more information, please visit https://www.illinoisworknet.com/WIOA/Pages/ILWorksPreApprenticeshipNOFO2022.aspx.