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.

Hiring Events & Info Meetings


2019 - 2020 Workshops

Workshops, Contact your local community college.

ICC - Adult Ed & GED

Career Exploration Workshops 

Resume & Interview Workshops

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Employer 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. The Illinois workNet Center leads the Local Employer Assistance Partnership in service to the region's employers.

Integrated Business Services

The Local Employer Assistance Partnership (LEAP) team provides integrated, high quality resources to employers. Team members 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

Apprenticeship Assistance

Apprenticeship assistance provides financial resources to employers of apprentices. Individuals must meet WIOA eligibility criteria. This federally funded service helps defray the costs of the apprentice’s classroom training costs; provides supportive services to the apprentice during training; and reimburses employers a percentage of the apprentice’s on-the-job training wages.

Incumbent Worker Training

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) assistance helps local employers develop and implement training programs for your existing employees to increase productivity and boost the 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.

On-the-Job Training

On-the-Job Training (OJT) assistance has been designed as a way of helping businesses manage the cost of training new employees. Through OJT, employers may be reimbursed 50 to 75% of an eligible new hire's wages during a customized training period. The duration of the OJT assistance is determined by the requirements of the job and the skills fo the individual. Individuals must meet WIOA eligibility criteria. Wage requirements may apply.

In Fulton, Mason, Peoria or Tazewell Counties, contact Norm Griffin at or 309-321-0255 for more information on Training Assistance. 

In Marshall, McLean, Stark or Woodford counties, contact contact Dona Nanney at or 309-807-1375 for more information on Training Assistance. 

Recruitment Assistance

Hiring Events

Illinois workNet Center of Peoria hosts a hiring event on the third Wednesday of each month. The events are held at 406 Elm Street in Peoria.

The 3rd Wednesday Hiring Events are:

  • Typically five to ten employers are in attendance (events for single employers are an option);
  • Held from 10:00 a.m. to Noon;
  • advertised through Illinois JobLink, social media and the Peoria Journal Star.

For more information, contact Norm Griffin at or 309-321-0255.

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 Thom Pennell, Business Service Coordinator, at 309-671-3246 or