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Employer Services

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The Workforce Connection offers a Business Team made up of representatives from each of its partner agencies. Members of the team can help explain the many recruitment and training services provided by the Workforce Connection. For more information, call 815-395-6619.

The Business Team at The Workforce Connection can help employers with:


  • Job Fairs and Hiring Events
  • Job postings, including Illinois JobLink (at ) the state of Illinois’ no-cost Internet-based job matching system, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  
  • Veterans
    We also have special representatives linking veterans to jobs and training programs.



  • On-the-Job Training
    If an employer is willing to train a new full-time employee on the job, financial incentives may be available to off-set a portion of the individual’s wages during the training period.  
  • Incumbent Worker Training
    The incumbent worker training program is designed to assist employers in upgrading the skills of their workforce in order to remain competitive in both regional and global markets.  The training provides new work-related skills and prepares the workers for job upgrades.  The federal funds will pay for between 50% and 75% of the total training costs, depending upon the workforce size of your company and the funds available. 
  • Customized Training
    Customized Training is designed to meet the special requirements of an employer or employers and is conducted with a commitment by the employer to employ an individual on successful completion of training.  The program includes WIOA funding to cover up to 50% of the cost of training.  
  • Work Experience
    The Work Experience program can be a great fit for potential employees with limited work histories.    We pay the participant’s wages, FICA, and workers’ compensation.  Participants work part-time (maximum 30 hours per week) for a period of up to 360 hours.  

For more information on how The Workforce Connection can assist your business with its hiring and training needs, at little or no cost,  contact our Business Team at 815-395-6619 or by email at .

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