WOODSTOCK – The Metro Suburban Region, which includes McHenry County, has received a $2 million grant to work with employers in developing workers for high-demand manufacturing jobs.
As manufacturers increase production, expand operations and replace an aging workforce, they are faced with the challenge of finding workers with the right skills.
The Metro Suburban Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing Program is designed to address this skills gap by providing manufacturers with access to qualified job candidates for high-demand jobs and job-seekers access to good-paying jobs.
The program aims to prepare workers to fill manufacturing vacancies for CNC operators, robotic technicians, welders and industrial machinery mechanics.
The McHenry County Workforce Network is hosting an information session on training opportunities for job-seekers at 10 a.m. Sept. 26. Job-seekers can register by calling the Workforce Network at 815-338-7100, ext 207.
The McHenry County Workforce Network also is seeking local manufacturers to help with the program by serving as advisers, problem solvers, referral sources and training experts. For information, employers can contact project manager Joel Goldberg at 630-955-2097, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.manufacturing4illinois.com.
Funding for the Metro Suburban ATIM Program is provided by the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity through a U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Grant. The program is administered through a partnership that includes Workforce Investment Boards and respective local WIA Programs/IllinoisworkNet Centers, economic development organizations, industry associations and manufacturers in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.
– Northwest Herald