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Illinois Workforce Innovation Board
Apprenticeship Illinois Committee Meeting
Please note this is a public meeting that anyone can attend.
Thursday, March 17, 9-11 a.m.
Details are on the IWIB calendar

National Apprenticeship Week 2021 National Report
Illinois was one of five states with the most events and proclamations during National Apprenticeship Week 2021, according to the USDOL summary report. Photos from the Collinsville Apprenticeship Roundtable and from the IBEW were proudly featured on the report's back cover. Missed a recorded NAW2021 event? Click here for links to recordings.
Apprenticeship News
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Photo: An apprentice prepares his welding tool for an exercise at the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program's Pekin campus

Photo: Revolution Workshop
Photo: Space Shuttle Cafe, the only airplane that flew in WW II ever converted to a food truck, is now safely moored at Soulcial Kitchen on Swansea
Photo: Buffalo Grove High School senior Kristy Rubino at work as part of her paid apprenticeship in Construction and Trades. Courtesy of District 214

Photo: TerraSource donates machinery to Southwestern Illinois College for use at a local high school

Photo: Mid-America Carpenters: US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm got to see skilled Union craftsmanship up close and personal today during her visit to the Gar Creek Solar Project in Kankakee.
Apprenticeship Podcasts!
Looking for an Apprenticeship?
Check out the Becoming an Apprentices pages on the Apprenticeship Illinois website. Find information about the industries and occupations sponsoring apprenticeships. Use the USDOL apprenticeship finder tool or learn more about specific Illinois apprenticeship initiatives that are funded by the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Email [email protected] for more information.

Photo: UNITE

Open Apprenticeship Opportunities:

Plumbers’ JAC Local 130, UA will be accepting applications for admission to the Plumbing Apprenticeship Program starting on January 24, 2022, through February 25, 2022, or the first 2,000 submissions, whichever occurs first. Apply here.

UNITE is accepting applications for the UHCHI Culinary Apprenticeship!
  • 8 weeks of intensive instruction taught by accomplished Executive Chef instructors
  • On-the-job training in unionized culinary positions
  • Cost to students: FREE

Do you know others who might be interested in learning about the Zurich Apprenticeship Program?
Please share this information with them.

Have an apprenticeship opportunity to share? Email [email protected]
New Business Pledge Urges Employers to Increase Equity and Representation in U.S. Apprenticeship and Hiring Practices (article link)
JFF, in partnership with USDOL, is calling for businesses to take the Business Pledge to Advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Registered Apprenticeships, a nationwide call to action to business leaders, policymakers, advocacy groups, and other apprenticeship stakeholders to address the opportunity gap within apprenticeship. Click here for an overview. The pledge asks employers to support DEIA strategies in their recruitment, selection, and training of apprentices.

By taking this pledge, your business is joining a community of local, state, and national employers and labor partners that believe in removing barriers to increase access and opportunity to underrepresented populations in high-quality Registered Apprenticeships. You will gain access to support, promising practices, and tools to assist you in upholding your pledge. To encourage other employers and stakeholders to participate, you may be contacted by JFF to share promising practices in reducing barriers and adopting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) policies that contribute to the advancement of apprenticeships for all Americans. Click here to take the pledge.
USDOL Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative
The Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative seeks to create a national network of employers, labor organizations, industry associations, program sponsors, educators, workforce intermediaries, minority-serving organizations, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders to serve as champions for expanding and diversifying Registered Apprenticeship.

What is the Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative?
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is committed to expanding, diversifying, and modernizing Registered Apprenticeship to support the success of workers, employers, and communities across the country. As champions for Registered Apprenticeship, Apprenticeship Ambassadors will partner with DOL to:
  • Promote and expand awareness of the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship in the U.S. for industry, employers, career seekers, educators, and communities as a whole;
  • Identify and scale innovative practices and partnerships to modernize, strengthen, and accelerate the adoption of Registered Apprenticeship;
  • Increase access and support for underrepresented and underserved populations in Registered Apprenticeship including women, youth, people of color, rural communities, justice-involved individuals, and people with disabilities; and
  • Communicate the business case for Registered Apprenticeship as a mainstream workforce strategy for high-demand industries and create opportunities for good jobs for all Americans across the economy.
Apprenticeship Employer Information
Want more information about the Apprenticeship Education Tax Credit? Click here. or Email: [email protected]
Employers are allowed a tax credit for certain educational expenses associated with qualifying apprentices. Qualified educational expenses include tuition, book fees, and lab fees. The credit is up to $3,500 per apprentice and an additional $1,500 if (1) the apprentice resides in an underserved area or (2) the employer's principal place of business is located in an underserved area. The total tax credits may not exceed $5 million annually.
Apprenticeship Employer Spotlight
Gina Lipscomb, president of RJ Lipscomb Engineering, has seen the benefits of Elgin Community College and ICATT Apprenticeship Program's Industrial Maintenance Mechanic program.
Other Elgin Community College Employer
USDOL 90-Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge
On December 16, the White House, in partnership with USDOL and USDOT, announced a new “90-Day Trucking Apprenticeship Challenge”, which seeks to promote Registered Apprenticeship as a solution to quickly get more well-trained drivers on the road and meet critical supply chain needs. 

The 90-Day Challenge is a national campaign to recruit employers, labor unions, and industry associations to develop new or join existing Registered Apprenticeship Programs. Trucking employers across the U.S. are taking steps to make trucking jobs better and to develop innovative workforce programs that recruit, train, and retain drivers, especially from underrepresented communities like women, the formerly incarcerated, and service-disabled veterans. The campaign will also identify effective and safe strategies to get new entrants into the field from these target populations. OA is committed to advancing equity including a next-generation trucking workforce that reflects the diversity of our nation.

For employers ready to step up, DOL and national partners are committed to helping accelerate program development. For example, FASTPORT has committed to helping stakeholders join existing programs in as little as two days.

More information on this initiative can be found on the new 90-Day Apprenticeship Trucking Challenge Website, including a White House Factsheet

If you would like additional information:
Registered Apprentice
USDOL-Illinois Office of Apprenticeship
Did you know that apprenticeships in Illinois are registered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Illinois Office of Apprenticeship?
Illinois is one of 25 Office of Apprenticeship (OA) States in which all registered apprenticeship program registration and oversight is done by federal U.S. Department of Labor staff through state field offices. Find your regional OA Illinois Apprenticeship Training Representative (ATR) click here.
What is the IWIB Apprenticeship Illinois Committee?

The Apprenticeship Illinois Committee is one of 4 content-focused committees of the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board or IWIB and provides leadership on:
  1. Expanding apprenticeships geographically and to new industries.
  2. Increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in apprenticeships.
  3. Formalizing apprenticeship coordination across partnering state agencies.
  4. Growing statewide capacity to provide apprenticeship opportunities to job seekers and businesses.

The Committee has public quarterly meetings and has workgroups on Marketing, Youth Apprenticeships, Pre-Apprenticeships, and Apprenticeship Systems (on hiatus).

Apprenticeship Illinois Committee 2022 Schedule

Quarterly Committee Meetings

·       March 17, 9-11 am
·       June 16, 9-11 am
·       September 15, 9-11 am
·       December 8, 9-11 am

Marketing Work Group
The Marketing Work Group meets monthly on the first Thursday, from 2-3 pm.
Pre-Apprenticeship Work Group
The Pre-Apprenticeship Work Group meets every other month on the last Thursday, from 10-11:30.
Youth Apprenticeship Work Group
The Youth Apprenticeship Work Group meets monthly on the second Wednesday, from 9-10:30.
Quarterly meetings and work group meetings, agendas, and materials are posted in the IWIB calendar. Click here for December 2021 Quarterly Report.
Find the Apprenticeship Illinois Resources You Need
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National Apprenticeship Resources
New Resources for Apprenticeship Practitioners from Maher/AIR: