Business Resources


Employer benefits from an apprenticeship program

Increased employee retention, lower turnover

  • Enhanced recruiting tool
  • Knowledge and experience passed on from long time workers to newer employees
  • Improved productivity and workplace safety
  • “By the employer, for the employer” relevant training
  • Tax credits and/or workforce funding available | (309) 344-1575

Incumbent Worker Training

  • Incumbent Worker Training is designed to provide both workers and employers with the opportunity to build and maintain a quality workforce.  It is intended to be responsive to employers for the purposes of delivering training to:
    • Help avert potential layoffs of employees; or
    • Increase the skill levels of employees so they may be promoted within the company and create backfill opportunities for the employer


    To qualify, companies must meet at least one or more “at-risk” indicators and provide rationale that explains how requested training will address the indicator(s) and increases the competitiveness for both the company and the participating employees.


    Other Requirements:

    • Each Incumbent Worker Training project requires a match, based on company size. Match may be met by either wages paid while employee(s) is in training or by cash
    • Commitment to retain the employee(s) trained and result in each trainee receiving an industry recognized credential or certificate of completion
    • Some types of training may not qualify for this program | (309) 344-1575


The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers who hire individuals from eligible target groups with significant barriers to employment.

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Do you have Veterans, Guard, or Reservists employees? Do you want to attract and hire employees that are trained, trainable, and dependable - Military Service members?  Show your support by joining the Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium. Visit the website:



The Illinois Department of Employment Security is the department of the Illinois state government that administers state unemployment benefits, runs the employment service and Illinois JobLink, and publishes labor market information. In addition to employer resources, it provides unemployed individuals and veterans employment services.

IDES Employer Resources

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The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is the state’s lead agency serving persons with disabilities. Our staff work one-on-one with individuals who have disabilities and their families to empower them to reach their employment, education, and independent living goals.

Quincy DRS Office

300 Maine Street, Suite 102

Quincy, IL 62301

Galesburg DRS Office

821 West Main St, Suite A

Galesburg, IL 61401

Macomb DRS Office

1026 East Jackson Street

Macomb, IL 61455

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