Rep. Dave Vella

Filed: 2/24/2022





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 5385, AS AMENDED,
3by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
5    "Section 5. The Department of Veterans' Affairs Act is
6amended by adding Section 16 as follows:
7    (20 ILCS 2805/16 new)
8    Sec. 16. SkillBridge program. Subject to appropriation for
9this purpose, the Department shall serve as the State's
10principal assistance organization under the United States
11Department of Defense's SkillBridge program for employers and
12transitioning service members. As the State's principal
13assistance organization under the United States Department of
14Defense's SkillBridge program for qualified businesses in this
15State and for transitioning service members who reside in, or
16who wish to reside in, this State, the Department shall:



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1        (1) establish and maintain, as applicable, its
2    certification for the SkillBridge program or any other
3    similar workforce training and transition programs
4    established by the United States Department of Defense;
5        (2) educate businesses, business associations, and
6    transitioning service members regarding the SkillBridge
7    program and its benefits, and educate military command and
8    personnel within the State on the opportunities available
9    to transitioning service members through the SkillBridge
10    program;
11        (3) assist businesses in obtaining approval for
12    skilled workforce training curricula under the SkillBridge
13    program, including, but not limited to, apprenticeships,
14    internships, or fellowships; and
15        (4) match transitioning service members who are deemed
16    eligible for SkillBridge participation by their military
17    command with training opportunities offered by
18    participating businesses, with the intent of having
19    transitioning service members achieve gainful employment
20    in this State upon completion of their SkillBridge
21    training.
22    The Department may adopt any rules necessary to implement
23this Section.".