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Apprenticeships are a common retention strategy, using a work-based learning model. They are commonly referred to as ‘earn and learn’, where mentored on-the-job training is combined with relevant classroom instruction. 


The Workforce Connection is a WorkKeys testing center. These assessments, developed by ACT, have been in use for nearly two decades and are already widely accepted by thousands of companies all over the world. The tests are available at a nominal cost to employers.

Submit Your Job Opportunities

Looking for new talent? Submit your job opportunity to our jobs board to match with qualified candidates in our region.

Talent Acquisition

The Workforce Connection hosts job fairs and hiring events with and for employers, as well as hosting a job portal. Employers can also build an apprenticeship to develop their talent pipeline. 

Training Services

The Workforce Connection offers a Business Services Team made up of representatives from each of its partner agencies. Members of the team can help explain the many talent acquisition strategies and training services provided by The Workforce Connection.

Success Stories

Employer success stories regarding their experience with The Workforce Connection after utilizing the trainings and programs available. 


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The Workforce Connection– an Illinois WorkNet Center and partner in the American Job Center network. This program is funded by The Workforce Connection, Inc., Il Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, and the U.S. Department of Labor. The Workforce Connection is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this website may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment by calling TTY (800) 526-0844 or 711. Contact the Equal Opportunity Officer at 815-395-6626. This program is subject to the provisions of the “Jobs for Veteran’s Act” Public Law 107-288, which provides priority of services to veterans and spouses of certain veterans. To view additional information related to the U.S. Department of Labor funding of this program, please visit

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