Training for Tomorrow program is a workforce training program designed to protect existing jobs while at the same time growing jobs for the future. The goal is to upgrade skill levels of current employees so they are able to compete effectively as the marketplace changes. The federal stimulus program has allocated $500,000 to support this job training
effort in DeKalb, Kendall and Kane counties. First Institute Training and Management Inc. will be overseeing the money for DeKalb County.
Colleen Aeppli from First Institute Training and Management Inc. will be visiting employers randomly looking for interested local businesses. She has been traveling to job fairs to seek out employers and talking to all Chambers of Commerce in the DeKalb County area.
The target businesses are those that fall under Transportation, Warehousing, Logistics, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology, Finance and Insurance, Manufacturing, Agri-Business, Healthcare, Green Industries and Occupations. Each business chooses their own vendor to deliver the training and makes all the arrangements. First Institute pays for the training and makes sure they accomplish the goals they set for themselves.
As far as where the training takes place, the business can have the vendor come to them or they can send employees to the training vendor. These expenses are paid for as long as the training will accomplish 2 things: 1) Benefit the employer and 2) benefit the employee.
First Institute even helps the business write the grant. It is not competitive, but first come first serve. Any DeKalb County business who is interested in learning more about this new training program is welcome to contact Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 815-756-4893 ext. 249.
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