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    The Illinois Department of Employment Security, IDES, provides unemployed workers and young residents the opportunity of finding  a job through one of its employment programs. This article is the second article in a two-article series on the main employment programs available to Illinois unemployed workers. In the first article we discussed programs centered especially on young workers, such as the apprenticeship program and the Hire the Future program. We also discussed the opportunities available through Illinois’ Skills Match database and the IDES Job Fairs and Special Events and provided links and details on how to register for these valuable resources. In this article we will continue our review of Illinois’ employment programs and discuss the last five programs we set out to evaluate. These are the Re-Entry Employment Service the People with Disabilities program and the Veterans program.

    Re-Entry Program

    The Re-Entry Employment Service is a program offered to employers rather than workers. However, it benefits both employers and employees by providing employers with additional incentives to employ ex-offenders who have completed their sentence and wish to return to the workplace. The program allows employers to receive tax incentives for each re-entry worker they employ. If you are interested in finding a job through the re-entry program click here for more information. Finding work in Illinois in the current economy is not easy, but it is even harder if you were formerly incarcerated or have a criminal conviction. If you are a veteran who also has a criminal conviction you may find assistance through the Incarcerated Veteran’s Transition Program, IVTP, for help finding a new job.

    The Re-Entry Employment Service Program offers ex-offenders with a free individual assessment, access to the Illinois Skills Match database, special job referrals, job readiness workshops and help preparing a resume. If you would like a quick summary of what this program is about click here to watch a brief video.

    People with Disabilities

    The People with Disabilities program is managed by the Division of Rehabilitation Services, which works with people with disabilities and their families to provide them with the help they need. If you are a resident of Illinois and have some type of disability this program can help you find a job and help you access any of the following state and federal programs for disabled people.


    Veteran Services

    The state of Illinois wants to thank veterans for their services and help them find a new job. This program offers special job offers, employment workshops and access to the Illinois Skills Match database. It will also provide you the information and knowhow required to join any of the following state and federal programs for veterans.

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    Illinois Jobs

    The Illinois Department of Employment Security, IDES, is the agency in charge of providing employment services to unemployed workers in Illinois. There are many programs you can enroll and benefit from. Which one is best for you will depend on your personal circumstances. This two-article series will provide detailed information on nine of the main employment programs in Illinois. We will analyze each employment program in detail and provide links and details on who it is for and how you can apply.

    In this article we will discuss information about the following Illinois Department of Employment Security programs: Apprenticeship, Hire the Future, Illinois Skills Match, Job Fairs & Special Events. Any of these programs could provide you the opportunity of find the job you need.


    Apprentices under the Illinois Department of Employment Security have the opportunity of enrolling as a paid worker in a special training program managed by a labor organization or trade association. If you choose to become an apprenticeship it is likely you will work in the construction industry. The benefits of the apprenticeship program is you will be joining a growing industry, with good wages opportunities, a long-term employment expectancy and instead of getting into debt to get the education you need, you will be paid during your training. Click here for access to an application form. Print it and send it to your closest Illinois Department of Employment Security, IDES, office. If you need help finding your closest office, click here.

    There are a wide variety of trades you can train for. Through this program you could become an architectural iron worker, a boilermaker, a carpenter, a bricklayer, a ceramic tile layer or a cement mason, to mention a few. For a complete list of available trades click here.

    Hire the Future

    The Hire the Future program assists young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 to find work and to provide them with the work experience they need to work. To join you must visit the Illinois Skills Match Enrollment page and complete the form. Click here to access your personal form.

    Illinois Skills Match

    The Illinois Skills Match is a database designed to help employers find the workers they need. To join you must register yourself by visiting Illinois Skills Match website. Your information will be entered into the program and designed to help employers and the skilled workers they need meet.

    Events and Workshops

    The Illinois Department of Employment Security also offers Illinois special events and workshops on the search for employment. The events are organized by government and community agencies. The IDES keeps an up-to-date calender of the important dates for each race and culture.

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