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Workforce Readiness

    WORKFORCE READINESS

    “Workforce readiness” or “workforce development" differs from workforce training or most other employee-based developmental activities in that it is organized around developing the broader workforce from which future employees may be drawn.

    To accomplish this development goal our Chapter has in place several focus areas/initiatives:

    1. Support local non-profits in their workforce readiness initiatives.

    2. Provide veterans with job search support.

    3. Assist local schools with drop-out prevention programs and career counseling.

    4. Help long-term unemployed to break back into the job market.

    5. Provide pathways for employment for those with criminal records.

    6. Assist Youth Councils in the area of career planning and success.

    7. Create better workplaces through the When Work Works® Award Program.

    8. Support legislation that improves Illinois work life.

    9. Serve as an information conduit between the IL Department of Labor, SHRM HQ, and our chapter with regard to workforce readiness recommendations and opportunities.

     

    HUMAN RESOURCES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

    Are you interested in helping those in your community through the skills and expertise you have gained through your career? We are in need of HR professionals who would be willing to review resumes, conduct mock interviews, and/or present workshops to groups of job seekers. These volunteer positions can be accomplished virtually or in person. For more information please email beckybrillon@comcast.net

    Military Service Members Resources

    The GWHRA is dedicated to serving the needs of returning, separating or retiring service members by helping in the transition to their next career.  Services include help in writing resumes and pre-interview preparation.  Click here to be in contact with our ILSHRM Workforce Readiness Director (statewide) or email beckybrillon@comcast.net if you reside in Grundy or Will Counties. There is no annual fee to become a member of GWHRA for all military service members

    Job Search Assistance

    Are you between jobs? Download the Grundy Will HR Association Job Search Readiness Guide for advice and assistance with your transition.

    Local Organizations Assisting Job Seekers

    State of Illinois CareerOneStop Centers:

    Grundy County: www.grundyworkforce.com

    Will County: www.jobs4people.org

    www.careeronestop.org

    www.illinoisjoblink.com

    www.illinoisworknet.com

    Plainfield Library www.plainfieldpubliclibrary.org/services/resources-for-job-seekers/ 

    St. Mary’s Immaculate www.smip.org/ministries/employment

     

    The Workforce Investment Board of Will County brings together a myriad of employment, training, and educational services, transforming them into a comprehensive and easily accessed system that supports the development of a world-class workforce. The Board builds the workforce system to develop quality employees for employers and to develop quality opportunities for employees. This system makes it easy for business to make connections with a qualified pool of applicants and to access other workforce development services. This system is also intended to make it easy for people to learn about and access a broad range of employment, education, and related services. http://www.willcountyworkforceboard.com/workforce-system/

    Long-Term Unemployed Resources

    In addition to the resources given above, together, the Workforce Investment Board and GWHRA have implemented a formal “Best Practices For Recruiting and hiring the Long-Term Unemployed” similar to the National Pledge (PDF) that SHRM developed and the White House adopted. This initiative is an ongoing commitment to assist those in job search for 6+ months and help employers identify candidates for hire.

    The Workforce Investment Board of Will County plays a key role in the economic development of our County.  The Board brings together a myriad of employment, training, and educational services, transforming them into a comprehensive and easily accessed system that supports the development of a world-class workforce.  The Board builds the workforce system to develop quality employees for employers and to develop quality opportunities for employees.  This system makes it easy for business to make connections with a qualified pool of applicants and to access other workforce development services.  This system is also intended to make it easy for people to learn about and access a broad range of employment, education, and related services.

     

    Local Networking Opportunities for Young Professionals

    The Joliet Area Young Professionals is a division of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It was developed to establish social and professional opportunities. The Mission of the Joliet Area Young Professionals (JAYP) is to identify and satisfy the needs of professionals ages 21-40 in the greater Joliet area. The organization will work to provide networking, educational programs, and community service, while acting in unity with the goals and philosophies of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

     

    Resources for Workers with a Criminal Record

    www.agapemissionsafp.org

    www.hirenetwork.org

    www.illinoislegalaid.org

    When Work Works Awards

    The Awards are part of When Work Works, a research-based initiative to highlight how effective and flexible workplaces can yield positive business results and help employees succeed at work and at home. When Work Works is a joint partnership between Families and Work Institute (FWI) andThe Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Since 2005, When Work Works (WWW) has been recognizing model employers of all types and sizes across the U.S. for their innovative and effective workplace practices. In addition to the recognition of earning an award by FWI and SHRM in national media, When Work Works’ community partners recognize local winners in their communities by hosting local awards events. All applicants receive a free benchmarking report on workplace effectiveness and flexibility, based on their application, comparing their responses to other award applicants, winners, and nationally representative samples of employers. To learn more or to apply: http://www.whenworkworks.org/about-the-award

     

    WORKFORCE READINESS ONLINE RESOURCES:

    http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/staffingmanagement/articles/pages/workforcereadiness.aspx