The Navigator position is focused on implementing a targeted approach to business engagement within the North East Economic Development Region (NEEDR) in Illinois. The purpose is to build capacity by developing and strengthening the knowledge, skills, abilities, processes, and resources that businesses, educational institutions, local workforce areas, and community partners need to create new or expand existing apprenticeship programs. Navigators will be responsible for implementation and day-to-day management of a grant-funded project administered in a ten county region (Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will).
Key Functions include but are not limited to:
• Developing sector and regional partnerships in the NEEDR focused on Healthcare; Manufacturing; Transportation, Distribution and Logistics; and Technology.
• Consulting with employers and conducting worksite visits to assess the viability of registered apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship, or non-registered apprenticeship industry recognized credential programs as an appropriate tool to meet individual or group employer training needs.
• Managing the technical assistance process for employers interested in establishing apprenticeship programs and guiding program development from origin to completion, including handing off the projects to intermediaries to implement the programs.
• Identifying informational and financial resources that are available to employer sponsors to assist with the development and sustainability of apprenticeship programs in conjunction with stakeholders.
• Identifying new markets and proposing apprenticeships based on labor market information and employer interest.
• Developing an extensive network of stakeholders at all levels of the public and private sector within the NEEDR to identify opportunities for program expansion and promotion including staffing a Project Advisory Committee.
• Building a regional network of partnerships by bringing regional players together, such as representatives from Local Workforce Areas including business services teams, CBOs, training providers, employers, chambers and other employer associations, economic development agencies well as identify potential partnerships associated with various sectors.
• Collaborating with Workforce Board committees and Youth Councils, local school districts, technical colleges, other training providers, employers, and CBOs to explore Youth Apprenticeship programs.
• Supporting existing and potential apprenticeship intermediaries within the region by providing technical assistance and trainings as appropriate.
• Participating in the State of Illinois sponsored work groups and training programs.
• Serving as a key point of contact in the region for the expansion of apprenticeships. Being available for consultation to businesses, high schools, local workforce areas, chambers of commerce, community colleges, and other apprenticeship partners.
• Facilitating the development of new apprenticeship programs to meet specific employer needs.
• Assisting apprenticeship partners throughout the process, from concept to implementation, providing samples of similar models that may be replicated, and connecting partners with the appropriate resources.
• Facilitate regional coordination and partnership with apprenticeship stakeholders, including businesses, Illinois’ U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, training and service providers and other educational and state agency partners.
• Promoting existing programs in the area and facilitating opportunities to include special populations.
• Updating website information with apprenticeship related items on a regular basis and sending email blasts about same. And,
• Compiling reports, policies and procedures as appropriate and necessary.
The position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a HR or a human services field, business or specific industry-related field. Alternatively, this position requires a minimum of five years’ experience in economic, business or workforce development regularly connecting with employers. Previous experience and knowledge of apprenticeship and/or work-based learning initiatives is preferred. This position requires familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, (e.g., Word, PowerPoint and Excel). The selected candidate will spend a majority of time in the field with external partners; must possess a valid Driver’s License and have access to a reliable vehicle. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.
Internal Number: 6303057486
About TEC Services Consulting, Inc.
Founded in 1990, TEC Services, a privately-held, Naperville-based international information technology and community development consulting firm with expertise in managed services, networking, application development, public housing, workforce development, economic development and strategic planning.