The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers a training and education program for young people that provides services such as paid work experience, tuition assistance for job training in an approved program, assistance with job search, resume development, leadership skills, pre-employment training and support services such as transportation, babysitting, tools, uniforms and more .
The goal of the program is for each participant to graduate from high school, increase basic reading and math skills, create a marketable resume, and find employment or pursue post-secondary education or training while enrolled in the program. .
CEFS is a partner of Local Workforce Development Area 23, which receives funding from the WIOA to provide activities that increase the employment, retention, income and skills of the US workforce. Through a partnership with LWIA 23, CEFS provides advice on job preparation, job search, on-the-job learning and classroom training needed to find and keep employment and become self-reliant. .
To meet general eligibility criteria, an applicant must be a resident of Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, Moultrie or Richland counties in Illinois, be a U.S. citizen and comply with selective service requirements.
Online applications for youth services are available for the spring semester at cefseoc.org/wioa-online-application.
Local businesses interested in becoming a youth work experience job site will provide training and employability skills development to students and young adults at no cost to the company. Local employers coach and train potential future employees, as the young participant works part-time and salaries are paid by CEFS.
To be eligible, an employer must have the desire to supervise and mentor young adults with little or no work experience, as well as document and submit bi-weekly hours worked to CEFS.
For more information on youth services eligibility or how to become an approved job site, contact CEFS Economic Opportunity Corporation at [email protected] or 217-347-2102.