Find available resources to assist you in training your existing workforce.

Incumbent Worker Training

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) is designed to meet the special requirements of an employer, including a group of employers, to retain a skilled workforce by assisting the workers in obtaining the skills necessary to retain employment and be positioned for promotions and/or wage increases.

The training must be conducted with a commitment by the employer to retain the worker(s) trained and will result in each trainee receiving an industry recognized credential and/or certificate of completion.

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To qualify, employers must meet at least one or more of the following factors to be eligible for training funds:

  • Declining Sales
  • Supply Chain Issues
  • Adverse Industry/Market Trends
  • Changes in Management Philosophy or Ownership
  • Worker Does Not Have In-Demand Skills
  • Strong Possibility of a Job if a Worker Attains New Skills
  • Other “At-Risk” factors

Other Requirements:

  • Each Incumbent Worker training project requires a match, based on company size. Match may be either by wages paid while employee is in training or by cash.
  • Some types of training may not qualify for this program.

Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services

The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), contained within the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), is the state’s lead agency serving persons with disabilities. DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities.

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JWCC Workforce Development Center

The Workforce Development Center at John Wood Community College provides technical skills training that today’s employers need now.

Specialized training is also available.

Available programs include:

  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Customized Training
  • Electrical
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • OSHA Training
  • Truck Driver Training
  • Welding
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