JOLIET – Will County Workforce Services Division is offering training for manufacturing jobs through a $2 million multi-county grant.
Will County was awarded the grant with DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake and McHenry counties to train 177 people at 11 educational institutions in the region.
Those accepted into the program will learn the skills to be Computer Numeric Control operators, welders, industrial machinery mechanics and robotics technicians.
Will County Executive Larry Walsh said, “There is a high demand for skilled manufacturing workers in Will County and the Chicago Metro region. Much of this is due to the aging of the manufacturing workforce and the retirements that are happening because of that, and some of the demand is due to increased production of manufacturers and the corresponding growth in employment.”
Successful applicants will receive training, help choosing a manufacturing career for which they are best suited, a chance to use skills at a worksite while being paid, connections to full-time jobs, and assistance with transportation costs and equipment, at no cost.
To qualify, applicants must: meet eligibility guidelines of low income based on family size or is a dislocated worker; must be at least 18 years old; must pass math and reading assessments; and submit to and pass a drug test.
The first step in applying for the ATIM program is to attend an information session held at the Workforce Services Division offices, 214 N. Ottawa St. The sessions are held twice weekly and will cover the basics of the ATIM Program, eligibility requirements and next steps.
Call (815) 723-3824 to reserve a spot at an upcoming session.
The Metro Suburban Accelerated Training for Illinois Manufacturing program is funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as part of a Workforce Innovation Funds grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor.
WSD is led by Administrative Manager Susan Flessner and is under the County Executive’s office.