Skills for Chicagoland’s Future

Regional Winner






“Skills connects unemployed and underemployed job seekers to jobs by working closely with employers to understand their hiring needs and obtaining commitments to hire. Skills’ philosophy is to focus on the demand-side of the workforce by identifying and assessing employers’ needs, rather than replicating the significant supply-side efforts of other organizations that assist job seekers to become job-ready. Additionally, Skills devotes resources to recruiting and screening candidates only if businesses commit to hire under/unemployed job seekers through Skills.

In 2015, Skills launched a three-year strategic growth plan that aims to achieve the following four critical goals:

  1. Expand Skills’ placement model in Chicagoland;
  2. Innovate new demand-driven placement offerings;
  3. Sustain and diversify funding; and
  4. Serve as a labor market thought leader on demand-driven solutions leading to systemic change.

Through the strategic plan, Skills aims to place 5,000 under/unemployed job seekers by 2018.

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