Incumbent Worker Training

Employers can be reimbursed for up to 100% of the costs of training for current employees. 

What is Incumbent Worker Training (IWT)?

IWT programs help local employers develop and implement training programs for current employees who need new or upgraded skills in order to retain employment.  Up to 100% of the costs of training can be reimbursed through the program.

The Employer Gains:

·         A new, capable employee

·         Partial payment for training costs

The Employee Gains:

·         Valuable training

·         The opportunity to become a productive member of your team

·         Upgraded skills

How it Works:

Interested employers must meet certain criteria in order to participate. Employers must be in a targeted industry, which are defined locally. Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) workforce representatives can assist the employers in determining if their industry qualifies under local guidelines as an eligible target industry.

How a Business Qualifies:

If the employer has been assessed a meeting the target industry criteria, the next step is to determine if they meet one or more of the following qualifiying “At Risk” indicators. These include, but are not limited to:

·         Declining sales

·         Supply chain issues

·         Adverse industry/Market trends

·         Changes in management philosophy or ownership

·         The worker does not have in-demand skills

·         There is a strong possibility of a new job if the worker attains new skills

Career Link has been providing training assistance to eligible residents of this area since 1975.  Funds are provided through the Workforce Investment Act administered by the federal Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

For more information, contact Norm Griffin at 309-321-0255 or or Dona Nanney at 309-807-1375 or 

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program  Auxiliary aids & services available upon request to Individuals with disabilities.


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