Workforce Professionals Credential 2018-06-12T19:49:44+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!

Apply here today!

Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 22nd.

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