Training, connecting and developing the workforce of Central Illinois.

Serving residents and employers through the Illinois workNet Center of Peoria and satellite offices in Fulton, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford counties.

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2018 Career Exploration Workshops

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Employer and Business Services

The Illinois workNet Center of Peoria represents the public workforce system to individuals and employers of Central Illinois.  The workforce system under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) presents an extraordinary opportunity to improve job and career options for our nation's workers and job seekers through an integrated, job-driven workforce system that links diverse talent to businesses.  WIOA offers the essential tools to meet the changing demands of the 21st century economy, and to become more competitive. 

The Illinois workNet Center assists businesses in recruiting, hiring, training and upskilling their workforce.  It provides information about local and federal resources to assist with business decisions, including market and economic development opportunities.  It leads the Local Employer Assistance Partnership, in service to the region's employers. 


Local Employer Assistance Partnership (LEAP)

LEAP teams provide integrated, high quality resources to employers.  The member organizations coordinate their business service efforts, acting as one unit to quickly providing solutions to employers' needs through customized solutions.  

LEAP can help you build a talent pipeline of highly-skilled, qualified workers.  By assisting employers in determining their current hiring needs and workforce shortages, we can help provide training and assistance to fill the need for qualified workers.  Locate LEAP resources near you:


Training Assistance

Incumbent Worker Training

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) program may be just what you need to help train your existing employees, to increase productivity and boost your company's competitiveness.  To be eligible for an IWT training grant, your company must need to train existing workers in order to avert potential layoffs or increase your workers' skill levels.  If eligible, your company can be reimbursed 100% of the cost of the skills training. 

For more information contact Norm Griffin at ngriffin@careerlink16.com / 309-321-0255 or Dona Nanney at dnanney@careerlink16.com / 309-807-1375.

On-the-Job Training

The On-the-Job Training (OJT) program has been designed as a way of helping businesses manage the cost of training new employees.  Through OJT, employers may be reimbursed up to 75% of an eligible new hire's wages during a customized training period.  The OJT assistance may last five to 12 months, during which the employer will be reimbursed for up to 75% of the trainee’s wages.  Wage requirements may apply. 

For more information contact Norm Griffin at ngriffin@careerlink16.com / 309-321-0255 or Dona Nanney at dnanney@careerlink16.com / 309-807-1375.


Recruitment Assistance

Job Posting

Free advertising for job openings in Central Illinois through Illinois JobLink.  Our job posting service allows employers to reach area job seekers at no charge.

  • Create an Employer Account;
  • Create a Job Posting;
  • Search for Resumes; and
  • Recruit and Hire Qualified Candidates

For more information contact Bob Weimer at bob.weimer@illinois.gov or 309-671-2481. 

Hiring Events

Illinois workNet Center of Peoria organizes dozens of small job fairs each year, depending on local employer demand.  Here are a few details:

  • Typically five to ten employers are in attendance (events for single employers are an option);
  • They are usually about two hours long;
  • Jobs presented at the event should be advertised in Illinois JobLink.

For more information contact Bob Weimer at bob.weimer@illinois.gov or 309-671-2481.


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