Workforce Development


The Rockford Area provides many resources for both employers and employees including, but not limited to, Continuous Improvement Series, continuing education and workforce development.

The training resources below can offer guidance and expertise in just about every topic imaginable:

Illinois Department of Employment Security

IDES_LogoIDES encourages employment by connecting employers to jobseekers, provides unemployment insurance benefits to eligible individuals, produces labor market data and protects taxpayers from unemployment insurance fraud.

Northwestern Illinois Building Trades Apprenticeships

Building TradesThe NWIBT is an alliance of 17 craft unions that work together to improve relationships and create harmony among its member organizations. The NWIBT strives to improve the quality of life and job opportunities for over 15,000 members throughout an 8-county area in Northwestern Illinois. Each of our affiliated local unions has its own application requirements, so please contact the union for more information about the program you’re interested in.

Rock River Valley Tooling & Machining Association

rrvtma-logoThe mission of the Rock River Valley Tooling & Machining Association (RRVTMA) is: To lead our precision manufacturing members in achieving maximum business success by providing a center of knowledge, promoting and emphasizing education, technology, marketing, networking, finance, and government affairs.

Rock Valley College

Rock_Valley_College_logo_blue_transparentThe Business and Professional Institute of Rock Valley College can help your business become more productive and profitable with customized training and technical assistance. Training can be tailored to meet your unique needs and can take place on site or on RVC’s campus. BPI’s Strategic Business Consultants are experts in their fields, with hands-on experience in the business world. Training topics include

  • Management/Supervisory Skills Training
  • Computer Skills
  • Safety and OSHA
  • ISO 9001/TS 16949
  • Six Sigma/Lean/Quality Technology Training

TechWorks

TechWorks is an employer-driven training organization that takes direction from a 40 member Advisory Board made up of local manufacturers. In just 8 to 10 weeks, graduates go through a Fast Track curriculum with a focus on either CNC Machine Operating or Assembly. The combination of hands-on training and credentialing from the National Institute of Manufacturing Skills (NIMS) allows Techworks to graduate highly employable individuals into our regional workforce.

U.S. Department of Labor
US Department of LaborEmployment and Training Administration
Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training
308 W. State Street, Suite 403, Rockford, IL 61101
815-987-4253

ApprenticeshipUSA offers employers in every industry the tools to develop a highly skilled workforce to help grow their business. For workers, ApprenticeshipUSA offers opportunities to earn a salary while learning the skills necessary to succeed in high-demand careers. Download the Apprenticeship Quick-Start Toolkit.

Workforce Connection

Workforce Connection logo

The mission of the Northern Illinois Workforce Alliance (NIWA) is to create a competitive, skilled and educated workforce by providing a system for individuals to gain meaningful employment responsive to the needs of business.

The Workforce Connection, the service delivery arm of the NIWA, is a partnership of state and federally funded employment and training programs, economic development agencies and educational entities committed to providing a workforce that meets the needs of our business community, now and in the future.

The One Stop Centers in Rockford, Freeport, and Belvidere provide one contact for employers to find workers and for job-seekers to receive training, education, and employment services.