Employment & Job Training

The Employment & Job Training member working group is committed to connecting veterans to employers, and employers to veterans.  The member organizations in the working group are leveraging each other, as well as their respective networks, across all sectors here in Illinois.  The ultimate goal is an Illinois that systematically prepares veterans to enter the workforce and access quality jobs that allow them to leverage their skills, training, and experiences. The Employment Working Group works together to recruit, prepare, and connect veterans to sustainable employment.

Current and Future Initiatives of the Employment & Job Training Working Group

  • Serve all veterans and respond to requests for help within 1 business day.
  • Help veterans understand the hiring process and how they have to compete for a job.
  • Help veterans market and effectively communicate their value to become the “known candidate.”
  • Build relationships with employers to get veterans in front of decision makers.
  • Help employers understand the value that veterans bring to their business.

Working Group Chair

Bill Browne, Director, Cook County Veteran’s Affairs



  • Catholic Charities Of Joliet

    We are a faith-based organization providing service to those in need and calling others of good will to do the same. SSVF is a rapid rehousing/homeless prevention program. SSVF Temporary Financial Assistance may assist with: rental assistance, security or utility deposits, utility assistance, moving costs, general housing stability. Other services available include : case ...
  • Illinois Joining Forces

    llinois Joining Forces (IJF) is a statewide, public-private network of veteran- and military-serving organizations. We collaborate in person and online to help service members, veterans, and their families navigate the “sea of goodwill.” ...
  • A Safe Haven

    A Safe Haven Foundation is a 501(c)3 not for profit, social enterprise that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose. A Safe Haven provides the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic and scalable model. A Safe Haven’s visible social and economic ...
  • University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign | Veteran Student Support Services

    Our vision is for student Veterans, active duty personnel, National Guards and Reserve member, and their qualifying dependents to succeed at Illinois and reach their full potential as ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

    The mission of Veteran Student Support Services is to serve student Veterans, active duty military personnel, ...
  • Veterans Forward At National Able Network

    Veterans Forward at National Able Network provides career coaching, development, and connections to employees.  We are 100% veterans serving veterans with an expert staff of career coaches committed to your success.  Our best in class tools include resume development, personal branding, interview prep, Linkedin development (including professional headshot), and networking.  We connect ...
  • Council For Adult And Experiential Learning (CAEL)

    For more than four decades, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been providing colleges and universities, companies, labor organizations, and state and local government with the tools and strategies they need to create practical, effective lifelong learning solutions. CAEL has demonstrated expertise in adult learning and ...
  • Wounded Heroes Foundation

    The Wounded Heroes Foundation (WHF) supports the injured men and women of our Armed Forces serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world. Their traumatic injuries, which  include vision and hearing loss, amputations, gunshot wounds, burns and blasts, retire these proud, brave warriors from the very military service that has until now defined them.

  • The Charity Stripe

    The Charity Stripe® raises funds for military troops and their families who are experiencing financial and/or emotional hardship . We partner with youth organizations, school bands and sports teams to enable young athletes and musicians to use their skills and talents to help active duty and honorably discharged Veterans.

  • Center For Wounded Veterans In Higher Education

    The Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides comprehensive and individualized services to veterans with a disabling condition and their families. The purpose of the Center is to create an individual program for student veterans pursuing a degree at the University of Illinois. Services include Transition and Academic Support, ...
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security

    IDES assists eligible veterans and eligible persons with Employment Services and Unemployment Insurance benefits. Job Seekers and Businesses are encouraged to register with Illinois JobLink.com.

  • Young Entrepreneurs of the Universe (YEU) Veteran Initiatives

    YEU Veteran Initiatives' mission is to "Help Veterans and Military become Heroes at Home." YEU does that through partnering to: Create Jobs through Entrepreneurship & Contracts, Housing, Partnering to bring Information & Resources at Expos, Conferences, Money Smart Week, Battle of the Branches, Rockin with the Vets, EPA /YEU Veteran Small Biz Conference, Wounded Lady Warriors.
  • Blue Shamrock Services

    Blue Shamrock Services is a Veteran Owned Executive Staffing firms that focus on working with companies to see the value in hiring veterans. There is no charge to companies that hire veterans presented by our company. For veterans and their spouses we provide a free service to assist in job search, resume writing, mentoring and coaching.

  • ConnectVets.Org

    ConnectVETS offers scholarships* for its “New Mission” curriculum provided by The Careers College. This curriculum educates motivated and career seeking transitioning Service Members, Veterans and their spouses on the civilian HR process for success. This self-paced online program teaches the secrets on how to transition and market skills and uncover the hidden job market – the inside ...
  • America Works

    We are an innovative private employment company and resource for companies seeking motivated, qualified candidates for entry-level to management positions. We are a nationally recognized business with a 29-year track record with offices in New York City, Albany, Baltimore, Burlington County (NJ), Chicago, Newark, Oakland & Washington D.C., America Works has placed over 350,000 individuals ...
  • Vet2Tech

    Vet2Tech is a national non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to helping veterans find a way to utilize their mechanical or electrical skills for new career opportunities in the civilian sector. The commercial food equipment repair industry, the home appliance repair industry and the HVAC/Refrigeration industry are searching for qualified veteran candidates to fill open positions all over ...
  • Lewis University

    What We Do

    Lewis University, guided by its Catholic and Lasallian heritage, provides to a diverse student population programs for a liberal and professional education grounded in the interaction of knowledge and fidelity in the search for truth. Lewis promotes the development of the complete person through the pursuit of wisdom and ...
  • Catholic Charities Of The Archdiocese Of Chicago

    Catholic Charities fulfills the Church's role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.

  • Volunteers Of America Of Illinois

    Volunteers of America of Illinois partners with the people we serve to create transformational and lasting change in their lives through programs that support, empower and transform. Our long tradition of serving those most in need calls us to seek out and restore hope to those who have been forgotten or left behind. We are committed to bringing real solutions and lasting change to those we ...
  • Mchenry County College

    McHenry County College provides credit and noncredit educational and training opportunities as well as special events for close to 60,000 participants annually. MCC is a two-year, public community college, offering transfer, occupational, and online degrees and certificates. The college serves the seventh most rapidly growing county in Illinois and offers six associate's degrees and 17 ...