Workforce Professionals Credential

Check back in the spring of 2020 for the Workforce Professionals Credential cohort application to open again.

The Workforce Professionals Credential is a comprehensive year-long professional development opportunity 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 July 2020 through May 2021. See credential features and course content below!

Application Closed

Questions?

  • Read our FAQ’s sheet here.
  • Check out our Informational Webinar slides here.
  • Contact Ashley Hamilton at ashley@cjc.net or 312-252-0461.

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:

07/25/2019

Time:

1:00 PM- 2:30 PM CT

Location:

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

Recruitment & Enrollment of Job Seekers

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:

08/22/2019

Time:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT

Location:

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

Introduction to 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:

09/19/2019

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:

10/17/2019

Time:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT

Location:
Cara Chicago
237 S Desplaines St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Making the Right Employment Match

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:

11/21/2019

Time:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT

Location:

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

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:

12/12/2019

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:

01/16/2020

Time:

09:00 AM – 04:00 PM CT

Location:

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

Retention in Your Programming; Mid-Point Review; Capstone Reveal

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

  • Keep job seekers better engaged throughout your programming
  • Bring alumni job holders back to support current participants
  • Analyze your program process and develop solutions for retention challenge areas

Date:

02/20/2020

Time:

09:00 AM – 04:00 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:

03/19/2020

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:

04/16/2020

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:

05/14/2020

Time:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CT

Location:

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