Workforce Professionals Credential 2018-08-06T20:54:34+00:00

Workforce Professionals Credential

Apply to the Workforce Professionals Credential cohort to receive comprehensive training on all of the core competencies needed by a frontline workforce professional. Twenty individuals will be accepted through a competitive application process to attend monthly trainings from August 2018 through May 2019. See credential features and course content below!

Applications are now closed.

 

Questions?

  • Read our FAQ’s sheet here.
  • View slides from our last informational webinar here.
  • Contact Kaitlyn McGovern at kaitlyn@cjc.net or 312-252-0460 ext. 304.

Credential Features:

Networking:

Develop partnerships with colleagues committed to the work

Mentorship:

Receive coaching and support from a seasoned  workforce leader

Capstone Project:

Develop solutions for pressing workforce challenges

Training Topics:

Intro to the Workforce Development System Webinar

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify commonly used and best practice workforce development program models (e.g. transitional jobs, sector strategies, employment prep & placement, etc.)
  • Translate workforce development jargon into plain language
  • Navigate public funding streams that support workforce development
  • Visualize your “place” in the local workforce system

Date:

08/09/2018

Time:

1:00 PM- 2:30 PM CT

Location:

Webinar
Log-in details will be sent in advance of the training.

Job Seeker Recruitment & Intake

After attending this training, you will be able to:

  • Diversify your recruitment strategies, including adding new referral partners, engaging in community outreach, and improving your marketing
  • Better define and engage your target population
  • Create a better relationship with your job seekers through the intake assessment process
  • Use a strengths-based approach to assess job seeker skills, interests, and goals

Date:

09/20/2018

Time:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT

Location:

Chicago Jobs Council Offices
29 E. Madison, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60602

Asset-Based Coaching

After attending this training day, you will be able to:

  • Recognize and build on job seeker strengths
  • Build a collaborative, accountable partnership with job seekers
  • Use tools to support your job seekers in setting and achieving their goals
  • Incorporate motivational interviewing, active listening, powerful questions, and visioning into your job seeker meetings

Date:

10/18/2018

Time:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT

Location:

Chicago Jobs Council Offices
29 E. Madison, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60602

Understanding Labor Market Information & Other Online Tools; Making Referrals to Supportive Services

After attending this training day, you will be able to:

  • Competently identify industry and employment trends
  • Connect your job seekers to career pathway opportunities by assessing their transferable skills
  • Identify and build “warm” referral partnerships to holistically address your job seekers’ needs

Date:

11//15/2018

Time:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT

Location:

TBD

Employer Pitch Clinic; Advocacy 101

After attending this training day, you will be able to:

  • Craft a persuasive and flexible elevator speech to engage employers
  • Incorporate employer feedback to modify your elevator speech
  • Participate actively and ethically in advocacy activities
  • Articulate the difference between lobbying and advocacy

Date:

12/13/2018

Time:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT

Location:

Chicago Jobs Council Offices
29 E. Madison, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60602

Cultural Competency

After attending this training day, you will be able to:

  • Examine your own identity in relation to power and privilege
  • Identify and combat the implicit bias you bring to your work
  • Discuss the impact of systemic, institutional, and individual “isms” on your job seekers

Date:

01/17/2019

Time:

09:00 AM – 04:00 PM CT

Location:

Chicago Jobs Council Offices
29 E. Madison, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60602

Ensuring a Good Fit for Your Job Seekers

After attending this training day, you will be able to:

  • Support successful job seeker transitions for next steps in their career paths
  • Assess business partners for job quality, workplace culture, and hiring needs
  • Set clear expectations for job seekers and business partners to ensure lasting relationships
  • Coach job holders on employment retention and career advancement strategies

Date:

02/21/2019

Time:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT

Location:

Chicago Jobs Council Offices
29 E. Madison, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60602

Engaging & Deepening Business Relationships

After attending this training day, you will be able to:

  • Strategically target a diverse portfolio of business partners based on program data
  • Provide strong, responsive customer service to meet business partners’ needs
  • Regularly solicit business partner feedback and maintain honest, regular communication
  • Transition your business contacts into business partners

Date:

03/21/2019

Time:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT

Location:

Chicago Jobs Council Offices
29 E. Madison, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60602

Using Data to Improve Your Programming

After attending this training day, you will be able to:

  • Create a positive learning environment around data
  • Use data to jump to questions, not conclusions
  • Collect quality data and develop useful reports for your team
  • Identify issue areas and program improvements based on data

Date:

04/18/2019

Time:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT

Location:

Chicago Jobs Council Offices
29 E. Madison, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60602

Creating a Positive & Values-Based Workforce Development Culture

After attending this training day, you will be able to:

  • Inspire organization-wide adoption of Workforce Professional values and core competencies
  • Lead your colleagues no matter your title
  • Implement self-care strategies to remain effective in your role
  • Develop and implement an actionable plan to bring your learning home

Date:

05/16/2019

Time:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT

Location:

Chicago Jobs Council Offices
29 E. Madison, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60602