Workforce Network 2012 Annual Report
Have you considered sharing your knowledge with tomorrow's workforce?
McHenry County Workforce Network provides no cost and nominal cost services to the McHenry County business community. Our Business Services representatives will meet with employers to identify their greatest workforce needs. McHenry County Workforce Network then strives to connect employers to the best source for helping to meet those needs.
McHenry County Workforce Network is:
Connected to a strong workforce of trained, reliable job seekers
Connected to a network of advanced but affordable business services
Connected to up-to-date, actionable labor market information and insight
Connected to experienced, talented business professionals and workforce specialists.
At McHenry County Workforce Network, we're your connection to all of these and more.
New Hire (On-the-Job) Training Opportunities
Would you like to learn how McHenry County Workforce Network can help you offset the cost of training your new hires?
Then, please review the following:
Reimbursement up to 50% of wages of trainee while in training.
Prospective employees as currently enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act program, through McHenry County Workforce Network.
Are pre-qualified as work ready.
-Have completed a series of interviews with our employment and training counselors.
-Have completed assessments in reading, math skills and work readiness skills.
-In need of additional training to obtain employment within your organization.
-Must be hired as a full-time, permanent employee when the training begins.
Training must be for a growth occupation within your organization, which could be related to the Critical Skills Shortages as identified by the State of Illinois.
These training opportunities can lead to thousands of dollars in savings to your organization!
For further information, please call 815-338-7100 and ask for Julie Courtney at Ext. 218 or email her at JACourtn@co.mchenry.il.us.
Incumbent Worker Training
In order to provide for a full array of training services to our business customers, McHenry County Workforce Network will offer the Incumbent Worker Training program to local area businesses. Incumbent Worker Training helps businesses upgrade the skills of their current workforce in order to become and remain competitive in both regional and global markets.
The purpose of this program is to provide funding options on a reimbursement basis to those businesses that have the need to train or re-train their employees. Training may occur in the workplace or after work hours. Only those cost associated with training of incumbent workers may be included. Those costs are:
Training materials and supplies
Incumbent worker training projects can be utilized by a specific employer or a group of related employers in the following industries identified by the McHenry County Workforce Board.
For further information, go the Incumbent Worker Training Grant information linked below and/or contact Julie Courtney at 815-338-7100, Ext. 218.
Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) Quick Facts
Incumbent Worker Training (IWT)Grant Information
Associated Project Documents:
IWT Application Form
Project Budget Summary (Application Attachment C)
Description of Training & Project Timetable
Reimbursement Request Form
Employee Tracking Report/Summary
Proven Business Solutions
We offer a comprehensive portfolio of market-proven business services and solutions. Recruitment and outplacement solutions. Employee and workforce training programs. Management and information services. Networking and funding opportunities. In most cases, our services and solutions are available at no cost to you. Certain customized or tailored solutions are available for a nominal fee.
Our Network Is Your Network
We're also your connection to McHenry County's vital, active network of business resources. We're your gateway to community and business development groups who can help you grow. We'll streamline your access to public and private training programs to help you increase efficiency, productivity and employee retention. We can help you locate potential funding and capital resources. And no one can help you understand the dynamics and nuances of the McHenry County labor market the way we can.
Partnership and Advocacy
What could be better than a good business partner? A strong business advocate. At McHenry County Workforce Network, we take our relationships beyond partnership to proactive business advocacy. We'll listen to you, support you, educate you, consult with you and open doors for you. We'll stand by you through good times and not-so-good times. And because we're a not-for-profit, grant-funded organization, your success is our only goal.
Labor Market Services
Our years of experience in the development and management of events, programs and seminars help businesses of all sizes take maximum advantage of the county's high-quality labor market.
Recruitment events. We are McHenry County's premier provider of recruitment events, including well-promoted and attended general and targeted job fairs that help employers and job seekers connect.
Pre-screening. Our pre-screening and referral programs enable businesses to target and interview qualified candidates who possess the exact skills, training and experience you're seeking.
Labor market information. Our labor market specialists can help you gain valuable market insights through analysis of current statistics and demographics, local and county-wide workforce information, wage and salary tracking and more.
Through our assessment and training services, we not only help increase the quality of candidates for your specific jobs, we help increase the quality of the McHenry County workforce as a whole.
Skills assessment. Our counselors assess every job candidate in terms of employment history, basic and advanced work skills and specific job experience and expertise. We also provide both job candidates and employers with access to proven skills-matching databases and services.
Training programs. We enjoy strong, ongoing relationships with public and private training organizations enabling us to help job candidates improve their skills and value to employers. We can also help your current employees receive training that will improve their productivity and your worker retention rates.
Custom workforce solutions. As your business advocate, we'll work closely with you to develop and manage custom solutions that specifically address your most crucial business and workforce challenges and your most pressing needs.
Whether your business is large or small, staff reductions are often necessary and always traumatic. We help both you and your employees make the best of a challenging situation with a variety of practical services, including:
Employee counseling. Our counselors are available early in the process, helping former employees come to terms with the situation, maintain a positive attitude and plan for searching for and finding a new job.
Support programs and facilities. Finding a new position or career can take time. We offer a variety of services that support workers throughout their search, including seminars such as resume writing and interview techniques, computer and Internet access, e-mail accounts and more.
Career transition services. We also offer job seekers assistance in selecting a new career path. Our career fairs help candidates choose new fields, concentrating on those that are growing and offer excellent opportunity. We can help workers get training in new skills at little or no cost, and take advantage of numerous other services that help them until they find a new job.
Job Posting Form
Business Services Survey
For further information on our services, contact our Business Services representative at
815-338-7100, Ext. 239.
For information about business services in other areas,
visit Illinois workNet.