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.

Job Seekers

Hiring Event(s) & Info Meetings

All Career Link hiring events have been canceled until further notice.


All Career Link orientations and workshops have been canceled until further notice.

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.  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 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.

For more information contact Norm Griffin at / 309-321-0255 or Dona Nanney at / 309-807-1375.

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. 

For more information contact Norm Griffin at / 309-321-0255 or Dona Nanney at / 309-807-1375.

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. 

For more information contact Norm Griffin at / 309-321-0255 or Dona Nanney at / 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 Thom Pennell at or 309-371-3246.  

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 Thom Pennell at or 309-371-3246.