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    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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