January 2024

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Chair's Note

Daniel Serota Headshot

The Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) Apprenticeship Committee is headed into a new and exciting time in 2024. We are using the lessons we have learned in the past to make us better equipped to fulfill our mission.

We have welcomed new Apprenticeship Committee members from the hospitality, marketing, aviation, manufacturing, IT, construction, community colleges, and insurance sectors. We have started a new Apprentice Ambassador program comprised of 11 star-shining apprentices across the state; we have created an apprenticeship expansion plan with multiple stakeholders, supported our apprenticeship specialists, and provided other resources, which can be found at I look forward to continuing the committee's work with you all, with a focus on the following charges and priorities.


  • Charge 1: Expand apprenticeships geographically and to new industries, normalizing work-based learning and apprenticeship models with employers as a value-added workforce solution.
  • Charge 2: Increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and access to quality apprenticeship programs leading to careers and economic stability.
  • Charge 3: Formalize the apprenticeship ecosystem and statewide coordination across partnering state agencies and other workforce, education, and economic development professionals.
  • Charge 4: Grow statewide capacity to provide apprenticeship opportunities to job seekers and employers.


  • Identify the factors that affect enrollment, retention, and completion of diverse apprentices.
  • Create a statewide 5-year apprenticeship expansion plan with input and agreement from WIOA core partners, industry associations and employers, community-based organizations and non-profits, secondary education, post-secondary education, local workforce areas, and other education, workforce, and economic development partners. 
  • Support coordination of efforts and collaboration among all education, workforce, and economic development partners who offer or support work-based learning and apprenticeship programs for greater impact, establishing a comprehensive statewide infrastructure and ecosystem. 
  • Make it easier for employers and employer collaboratives to understand the workforce solutions and supports available to them and support in the creation of apprenticeship programs.

I am honored to be The Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) Apprenticeship Committee Chair, and I look forward to achieving our goals in 2024.

--Daniel Serota, Chair

Apprenticeship Illinois Committee

Apprentice Ambassador Success Story

North American Lighting
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Cody Myles

North American Lighting | Paris, IL

Apprentice Ambassador Cody Myles from North American Lighting (NAL) recently had a blast with a career exploration class at West Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Indiana! Cody shared his journey to becoming a successful apprentice at NAL and presented the program's winning aspects to curious freshmen searching for career paths.

Cody presented how he graduated from Ivy Tech Community College, received hands-on training at NAL, and made friends while working and earning a paycheck. “I enjoy being able to hopefully get the students to think about apprenticeships since the apprenticeship helped me a lot when I didn’t know what I was doing out of high school. I just wanted to tell the students that you don’t have to know exactly what you want to do and there are options that let you test the waters and get your degree,” says Cody. Cody is thrilled to have sparked interest in NAL and its awesome apprenticeship opportunities.

Robert Woolum, Apprentice Program Supervisor, states, “Cody has been a wonderful addition to the NAL team. He has created the perfect road map of how an apprenticeship can benefit both the team member and the employee. He excelled beyond expectations and has done well with advancement since graduating from our program. Cody is always willing to help spread the word regarding apprenticeships, and his loyalty to NAL is very much appreciated.” 

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Apprenticeship in the News!

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) National Report (See Pages 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, and 13 for Illinois Mentions) - Read More

Illinois finished with 115 Proclamations and 239 Events.

  • Illinois Tops Workforce Development Rankings - Read More

  • Lake County Workforce Development Board Kicks Off First-of-its-Kind Apprenticeship Training Initiative for Local Youth-Serving Agencies - Read More

Apprenticeship Significant Events

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MAY 5-11, 2024


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