Workforce Development

Workforce Development

Families and individuals can acquire the education and skills needed to gain employment, advance professionally and contribute to the economic growth of their communities through the following QCUL programs:

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AND REFERRAL/IL WORKNET CENTER offers employment referrals, on-site evaluations and case management services to the employed, under-employed and unemployed. The program assists individuals in skill assessment, job training and placement, resume development, interview tactics, and career counseling. Workplace ethics training is also available. Workshops and seminars are held regularly for career exploration and employability skill development.

Use this link to view current job openings in the QCUL service area. Email info@qcul.org to schedule an appointment to review job openings and/or for help finding a job.

COMPUTER INSTRUCTION/ TRAINING offers free basic computer classes and free Internet access. Classes are offered twice during the day. Please email robert.olson@qcul.org for class times and to register. NOTE: Public Access Lab Hours are Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5:30 pm and Friday from 3 to 4:30 pm. QCUL is an authorized Certiport Testing Center. Learn more at www.certiport.com.

CONSTRUCT is an 11-week training program that addresses basic skills in math and English, as well as, fundamental construction skills, general work readiness, and financial management in the context of preparing for careers in the construction or utility sectors. This program is offered once per year and is sponsored by ComEd and 22 other industry partners. Enrollment begins in October. Classes begin in March. Email cortez.watkins@qcul.org for more information and enrollment dates.

OFFENDER COMMUNITY SERVICES provides offenders unpaid work as a special condition of probation or supervised release as a way to repay or restore the community. The QCUL offers flexible hours and has extensive experience working with offenders, probation and parole officers and local, state and federal courts. Email keithmillsap@qcul.org for more information.

YOUTH EQUIPPED TO SUCCEED (formerly youth employment services) – Y.E.S.helps in-school and out-of school youth, ages 16 to 24, return to school to obtain a high school diploma or a GED, gain work readiness skills, explore careers which may include paid or unpaid work experience or internships, begin a career pathway, complete occupational skills training, transition to post-secondary education and/or place them in a job relevant to their occupational skills to establish access to a career ladder. Y.E.S. is a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program.