Employment & Job Training

About Us

The Employment and Job Training member working group is committed to connecting veterans to employers, and employers to veterans.  The member organizations in the working group are leveraging each other, as well as their respective networks, across all sectors here in Illinois.  The ultimate goal is an Illinois that systematically prepares veterans to enter the workforce and access quality jobs that allow them to leverage their skills, training, and experiences.  

Who We Serve

Members of the Employment and Job Training working group are aligned to one of three Committees: 

  1. Employer Engagement;
  2. Career Development; and 
  3. Veteran Engagement 

We view the decisive effort as the Employer Engagement Committee, and seek to balance that side of the equation so that more employers in Illinois recognize veterans and their family members as the strategic assets that they are.   

Projects that the working group is undertaking include:

  • Recruiting more businesses to the Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium
  • Provide outreach, resources, and technical assistance to businesses who want to hire veterans, and ensure the incentives for veteran hiring and for veteran-owned businesses are widely known in Illinois.  Some of those resources can be found here
  • Enhance the job fair infrastructure in Illinois by coordinating industry-specific job fairs, and by de-conflicting the many job fairs that are held across the state  

The working group believes that only through cooperation can we provide the collective impact that is required to address the veteran employment and under-employment needs in Illinois.  

Job Search Links:

Illinois Job Link

Hero 2 Hired

Illinois Work Net Job Search Tools

Resource Links

Veterans Forward at National Able Network

Illinois Work Net Veterans Step Guide

ConnectVETS

 

Working Group Chair

Bridget Altenburg, Veterans Forward at National Able Network

Paul Knudtson, Paul Revere American Legion Post 623

 

Working Group Sub-committee's

Employer Engagement: Emily Garrity, ConnectVets

Career Development: Dale Prickett, CTU Online

Veteran Engagement: Lisa Wallace, VA

MWG Calendar

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