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Workforce Investment Solutions Announces Program Targeting 18-24 Year Old Workers

A DeWitt and Macon County workforce program has been awarded a “Youth to Career Pathways” grant from the US Department of Labor to offer pre-apprenticeship training to young adults between the ages of 18-24.


Larry Peterson with Workforce Investment Solutions indicates this will allow youth to receive at no cost, pre-apprenticeship skills training in the construction industry.



Training will be delivered over 9 months and will introduce participants to the many types of Construction Industry jobs available. According to Peterson, the goal is to broaden and strengthen the local workforce and educate participants in the construction industry. Hands-on training will offer participants a chance to work with tools and equipment at various construction sites. Once classroom training is completed, a paid work experience will be provided with local contractors.



Peterson reminds Workforce Investment Solutions serves workers of all levels in DeWitt and Macon Counties with a variety of programs, services, and opportunities.



Upon successful completion of training, participants will earn a Multi-Craft Core Industry credential.  This credential is approved by the North America’s Building Trades Unions.  Participants will have the ability to apply to several different trade union apprenticeship programs.  Trade Unions will be involved during the classroom to offer mentorships and guidance.


Workforce Investment Solutions will host information sessions in the following weeks to recruit individuals with dates of the sessions forthcoming.  


For more information contact Rocki Wilkerson at Workforce Investment Solutions by calling 217-875-8720 or rwilkerson@mdwis.org.

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