SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, recently helped pass legislation to have the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Community College Board to identify job opportunities in industries across the state.
“When I talk to business owners in our communities, many tell me they do not have enough trained workers to fill open positions,” Beiser said. “These are often in high-paying industries, like nursing and manufacturing.”
Under the legislation ISBE and ICCB would work with Illinois Department of Employment Security to identify industries in which workforce shortages exist or that do not have an adequate number of trained entry-level workers. Beiser’s measure would facilitate ISBE sharing this information on its website and identifying programs to help provide workers with new skills. When funds are available, ISBE can offer grants to students and the unemployed to help them pay for the cost of a training program.
“As a state, we need to need to work with educators and business leaders at all levels to help identify and train people trying to find a job,” Beiser said. “If we can make sure this information is readily available, we can start to close the skills gap that is holding our economy back.”
For information, contact Beiser’s constituent service office at (618) 465-5900.