Apprenticeship 101: Building Capacity for Equitable Apprenticeship in Illinois

When many people think of "apprenticeship," the first thing that may come to mind is a medieval scene - a blacksmith shop, perhaps, where a seasoned expert teaches a novice blacksmith the tricks of the trade. In reality, apprenticeship is emerging as a trend in workforce development with strong bipartisan support from policymakers. However, despite [...]

By |2019-01-29T21:28:19+00:00January 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Employment must be a housing strategy.

People want to work. But unstable housing makes that difficult. When people experiencing housing instability seek help to find housing, we want them to get help finding employment too. That’s not the way it works now. We’ve been working with some great partners through the Employment Task Force of the Chicago Continuum of Care (CoC) to [...]

By |2019-01-08T22:56:33+00:00January 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Worker-Owned Cooperatives and Workforce Development: Untapped Potential for Partnership

October is National Cooperative Month.  At the Jobs Council, we celebrated a month early: in September, we gathered with our partners for our third Workforce 360, a new forum that brings together the best of two of our previous stakeholder forums, Frontline Workforce Association and the Workforce Development Working Group. We chose to take on a [...]

By |2018-10-15T21:08:22+00:00October 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Applications Now Open for Chicagoland Workforce Leadership Academy

Applications are now open for the Chicagoland Workforce Leadership Academy! The Chicago Jobs Council, the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance, the Aspen Institute, and local stakeholders are partnering to create a Workforce Leadership Academy for workforce development professionals in the Chicagoland region. The purpose of this Academy is to develop a network of workforce development leaders who [...]

By |2018-09-25T20:35:25+00:00September 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Healthcare helps workers. Work requirements don’t.

After a year of threats to the Affordable Care Act, tax legislation that explodes the wealth gap, and increased pressure to further cut safety net services, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) announced a misguided Medicaid policy: work requirements. Work requirements are just words, not supports. Access to health care, food support, child [...]

By |2018-02-23T15:44:40+00:00February 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , |0 Comments

“Step Into Your Future” Career Exploration for Young Men: March 16

On March 16, 2017, a group of leaders from North Lawndale Employment Network, Youth Guidance, Chicago Center for Arts and Tech, OAI, Inc., and LeadersUp are co-hosting Step Into Your Future, a citywide career exploration event for young men of color ages 18-29. The vision is that these men, regardless of where they live in [...]

By |2017-09-25T17:53:22+00:00March 10th, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

Important Survey: Driver's License Suspension

UPDATE: Deadline extended to 2/3. Across Illinois, fines, fees, and other legal penalties often get in the way of opportunity and success in our communities. Driver’s license suspension is part of this system, and we know that many workforce organizations work with populations that struggle because of suspended licenses. We need your help to fight [...]

By |2017-10-20T14:20:00+00:00January 11th, 2017|Tags: , |0 Comments

CJC Hiring Director of Policy

CJC is accepting applications for Director of Policy. The Director of Policy leads and manages CJC’s policy development, advocacy and stakeholder engagement and is a member of CJC’s leadership team with the Directors of Administration and Frontline Focus Training Institute. The Director of Policy is a full-time position reporting to the Executive Director and supervising a [...]

By |2017-09-25T17:53:23+00:00December 21st, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments

CJC Podcast Covers Questions Around SNAP

Our second episode of Getting to Work looks at the troubling idea of block granting SNAP out to the states, explains why it matters that SNAP is countercyclical, and helps make sense of Illinois’ ABAWD waiver! Listen here, or click here on a mobile device to subscribe with your podcast app. […]

By |2017-10-20T14:18:33+00:00December 16th, 2016|Tags: , |0 Comments

Apply Today for the Success Drivers Learning Cohort

Applications are now being accepted for CJC’s 2017 Success Drivers Learning Cohort! If you are interested in learning about new workforce best practices, thinking critically about your organization’s effectiveness and sharing ideas as part of a select cohort, then this is the opportunity for you. […]

By |2017-09-25T17:53:23+00:00November 30th, 2016|Tags: |0 Comments