Business Services Overview

Stay competitive by training your workforce and identifying the ideal candidate for the job.

Our Services

Talent recruitment

Talent Recruitment

We match each company with qualified, carefully pre-screened workers with strong work experience by conducting extensive pre-screening based on your company’s specific needs and our job candidates are fully-screened and experienced.

Training Grants

Training Grants

The CFL Initiative provides the technical assistance to companies to identify grants and resources to help pay for training. This includes researching available funding programs and providing technical assistance submitting grant applications.

Types of grants include but are not limited to:

  • On-The-Job Training (OJT)
  • Incumbent Worker Training
  • Registered Apprenticeship
  • Illinois Talent Pipeline
  • Customized Training

Calumet Manufacturing Industry Sector Partnership

Calumet Manufacturing Industry Sector Partnership

The CMISP represents a collaborative effort to launch an unprecedented company-led sector-based partnership in the Calumet region that implements programs and activities to support job development, leverage limited resources, and spur economic growth.

CMISP leverages existing efforts in industry pipeline development in the Calumet region, underway through various simultaneous initiatives including the Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership and the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium, to pull together industry champions and provide an employer-driven focus for the strategic alignment of resources.

Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship

Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship

The 18-month IMT hybrid, competency based apprenticeship trains front-line manufacturing workers to set up, operate, monitor, and control production equipment. Apprentices learn to understand manufacturing as a business system that integrates multiple disciplines, processes, and stakeholders. That knowledge allows workers to efficiently and safely manage time and materials, which helps improve manufacturing processes and schedules.

Click Here to see a brief video about the IMT Apprenticeship!

America's promise Manufacturing Initiative

America’s Promise Calumet Manufacturing Initiative

The Calumet Manufacturing Initiative (CMI), developed by the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIC), and the Chicago Federation of Labor Workforce & Community Initiative (CFL Initiative), was awarded a U.S. Department of Labor America’s Promise grant to develop, implement, and expand sector strategies, training, and employment in Advanced Manufacturing in and around the Calumet Region.  The   four year grant began January 1st, 2017.  The regional partnership was one of 23 in the nation to be selected in a highly competitive process.

The purpose is to strengthen regional and sector partnerships, align multiple resources and activities, address skills gap shortages and recruit, train and place individuals in careers in  Advanced Manufacturing.  Over four years, the goals include recruiting, training and placing 715 individuals into Advanced Manufacturing Careers.

Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP)

The Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) is a state funded grant provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO). ETIP reimburses companies for strengthening their full-time employees through training, leading to a stronger workforce and a more competitive business. Any work related training completed during 7/1/2018 – 12/31/2020 may be eligible for 50% reimbursement of total training cost and is available on a first come first served basis. 

Some Examples of Eligible Training Activities:

  • Training programs in response to new or changing technology in the workplace
  • Job-linked training that offers new or additional skills
  • Training related to new machinery or equipment
  • Training related to regulatory compliance issues mandated in the workplace
  • Training necessary to implement total quality management or continuous improvement systems in the workplace

Click Here to download the ETIP documentation and instructions.