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AN ACT concerning employment.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Training Assistance and Support Services Pilot Program Act.
The purpose of the Job Training
Assistance and Support Services Pilot Program is to address
significant barriers to individuals participating in
apprenticeships, including, but not limited to, lack of
affordable and reliable transportation, lack of affordable and
high-quality childcare, and other barriers that may prohibit a
worker from retaining employment. The Pilot Program may
provide barrier reduction funding for eligible individuals
participating in registered apprenticeship,
pre-apprenticeship, or work-based learning programs such as an
internship, paid work experience, transitional jobs training,
on-the-job training, or incumbent worker programs administered
by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Job Training Assistance and Support Services
(a) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
shall, subject to appropriation, develop a Job Training
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Assistance and Support Services Pilot Program. The Department
of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall award grants to
organizations to distribute subsidies to qualifying
individuals. To be eligible for assistance under the Pilot
Program, an individual is required to participate in a
registered apprenticeship program, pre-apprenticeship program
as defined by the United States Department of Labor, or
work-based learning programs, such as an internship, paid work
experience, transitional jobs training, on-the-job training,
or incumbent worker programs administered by the Department of
Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
(b) The assistance provided by the Pilot Program may
include funds for transportation, child care, housing-related
expenses, including, but not limited to, rent and utilities,
transportation, child care, digital technology needs,
education needs, mental health services, substance abuse
services, income support, and work-related supplies that are
not typically covered by programmatic supportive services.
No later than January 1, 2028, the
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall submit
to the Governor and the General Assembly a report that
evaluates the results of the Pilot Program and its
effectiveness in assisting Pilot Program participants in
entering the workforce or in obtaining better employment. The
report shall include a recommendation regarding whether to
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renew the Pilot Program, and if renewal is recommended, if the
Pilot Program should be expanded or otherwise enhanced.
The Department of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity shall adopt all rules necessary for the
implementation of the Pilot Program created under this Act.
This Act is repealed on January 1,