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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
    The Workforce Connection hosts periodic Job Fairs and participates in other events to promote your job openings. 
  • In addition, The Workforce Connection Hot Job listing is updated on our website at weekly (or more frequently, if necessary) to provide jobseekers with the latest job opportunities—free of charge to employers.    
  •  Illinois Joblink
    Illinois JobLink (at ) is the state of Illinois’ no-cost Internet-based job matching system, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Employers have several options on their level of disclosure of company information.  Access to the system can be staff-assisted or self-service.   Jobseekers are encouraged to open accounts and post resumes.
  •  Labor Market Information
    Workforce and labor market information, including wage data and demographics, is available from the IDES Labor Market Analyst located at The Workforce Connection office in Rockford.   
  • Veterans
    We also have special representatives linking veterans to jobs and training programs.


  • WorkKeys
    The Workforce Connection is a WorkKeys testing center.These assessments, developed by ACT, have been in use for nearly two decades and are already widely accepted by thousands of companies all over the world.Successful completion of tests in math, reading and locating information results in the award of a National Career Readiness Certificate.The tests are available at a nominal cost to employers.
  •  The Workforce Connection has space available for interviews, testing or other assessments.  Our staff can also assist with testing and other assessments and screenings.


  • 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.  Talk to us, first, though. The OJT agreement must be signed and on file before the new hire starts to work. 
  • 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 is “employer driven” and responds to changes in market conditions as well as the introduction of new technology into the workplace.  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 WIA funding to cover up to 50% of the cost of training.  Through a training contact, the employer is able to select individuals to be included in the program, based on interviews and the company’s existing policies.  
  • Work Experience
    The Work Experience program can be a great fit for potential employees with limited work histories. We have participants who need work experience. 
    • 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.
    • We pre-screen participants prior to placing then in the  program to make sure they can perform the job. 

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 .


Talent Pipeline Management for Manufacturing

Talent Pipeline Management is an employer-led collaborative, demand-driven approach to closing the skills gap that builds on the principles of supply chain management.

Project Overview–Putting Employers in the Drivers Seat

Presentation to Northern IL Manufacturers by US Chamber

TPM Information from the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Final Talent Pipeline Report from NIMBLE (November 2017)

Final NIMBLE/TPM Powerpoint Presentation

The Workforce Connection

303 N Main Street, Rockford, IL 61101 | 815.847.7574 | TTY 815.966.2436
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