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

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

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.

The Workforce Connection

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The Workforce Connection (TWC) is committed to providing a workforce that meets the needs of the business community now and in the future. TWC provides a fully integrated and accessible workforce development system that balances the needs of individuals and businesses to ensure our region has a skilled workforce to effectively compete in the global economy.