Preapprenticeship grant1CHICAGO HEIGHTS – Bethel Family Resource Center in Chicago Heights is set to receive funding through the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program, thanks to strong support from State Senator Patrick Joyce.

“We need to be investing in our workforce whenever possible,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “This program continues to help our local economy and improves access for individuals seeking high-demand jobs in the trades.”

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awarded over $18 million in grants to 36 recipients through the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program, including $440,000 for Bethel Family Resource Center in Joyce’s district. The program creates a diverse pool of talented and qualified candidates in construction and building trades, as well as helps participants to secure employment and establish a career in the field.

The Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program launched in 2021 with the goal of increasing diversity and access to apprenticeship programs. Pre-apprenticeship programs are comprehensive and help participants gain admission to apprenticeship programs, which provide a greater opportunity for obtaining employment in the trade of construction and securing a lifelong career.

“Pre-apprenticeship programs open doors for individuals to have a successful career and future,” said Joyce. “I remain dedicated to supporting and investing in our workforce so residents have the opportunity to have good-paying jobs that will benefit them, as well as our economy in the long run.”

To learn more about the grant funding and program and view the full list of recipients, visit here.