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    Labor Training Resources

    Employer Training Investment Program

    The Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) is a competitive application program for Illinois based manufactures and service companies to facilitate upgrading the skills of their workers in order to remain current in new technologies and business practices.   Participation in the program will enable companies to remain competitive, expand into new markets and introduce more efficient technologies into their operations.  ETIP grants may reimburse Illinois companies for up to 50 percent of the eligible cost of training their employees.  Grants may be awarded to individual businesses, intermediary organizations operating multi-company training projects and original equipment manufacturers sponsoring multi-company training projects for employees of their Illinois supplier companies.


    Employer Training Investment Program / Competitive Component

    Illinois companies that are retraining/upgrading the skills of their existing workforce may be eligible for ETIP grants. Grants may be awarded to individual companies, as well as to intermediary organizations offering training to meet the common training needs of multiple companies.


    Single Company Training Grants

    Individual companies undertaking customized on-site training programs may apply for an ETIP grant if they are: expanding the business enterprise in Illinois, expanding into new markets, introducing more efficient technologies/continuous improvement systems, expanding exports from Illinois, and providing additional training to employees who will be threatened with layoff.


    Multi-Company Training Grants

    The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is soliciting applications from interested and qualified intermediary organizations to implement eligible training programs on behalf of companies participating in the project.  The intermediary organization will conduct or sponsor the employee training programs, coordinate all grant administrative and training evaluation reporting functions on behalf of the companies in the project. Multi Company applicants can include all of the following.  Illinois based business and industry associations, institutions of secondary and higher education, strategic business partnerships, large manufacturers for supplier network companies and labor organizations.


    Illinois DCEO-Business Development
    500 E. Monroe
    Springfield, IL 62701-1643
    Tel:  877-221-4403
    Employer Training Investment Program / Competitive Component
    100 W Randolph, Suite 3-400
    Chicago, IL 60601
    Tel:  312.814.2700


    Fast fact: More than 90% of community college students remain in Illinois to work. Community colleges annually provide more than $6 million worth of workforce preparation to business and industry.


    The Business Training Center provides individual training through Personal and Professional Development, customized company training through Corporate Training, and small business support services through the Small Business Development Center, Sauk Valley Community College.


    SVCC-Business Training Center
    173 IL Route 2
    Dixon, IL 61021
    Tel:  815-835-621



    The Business Training Center (BTC) at Blackhawk Community College provides companies customized training and solutions for companies. Staff and instructors at the BTC work closely with companies to identify specific workforce needs that bring greater efficiency and productivity to the workplace.


    Blackhawk College
    6600 34th Avenue
    Moline, IL 61265
    Tel:  309-796-5715


    University of Illinois BIS
    – University of Illinois BIS has served over 130,000 employees in more than 6,500 companies over the past 26 years and is the largest single ETIP training provider. BIS full-time instructors offer a full array of training services specializing in company-wide strategic improvement projects in Lean and Six Sigma, ISO and quality system implementation, Leadership, IT services, global strategies, and technical workforce training.


    wTrain – The Illinois Community Colleges weTRaIN network serves nearly 3,000 firms each year through 36 training sites. Supported by 150 statewide representatives working in partnership with some of the nation’s top training firms, weTRaIN provides easy and affordable access to world-class training, resources, and support services.