Public Act 90-0474 of the 90th General Assembly

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Public Act 90-0474

HB1757 Enrolled                                LRB9004463KDpc

    AN  ACT  amending  the  Civil  Administrative   Code   of

    Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:

    Section 1.  The Civil Administrative Code of Illinois  is
amended by adding Section 46.19j as follows:

    (20 ILCS 605/46.19j new)
    Sec.   46.19j.  Job  Training  and  Economic  Development
Demonstration Grant Program.
    (a)  Legislative findings.  The  General  Assembly  finds
         (1)  despite  the  large  number  of  unemployed job
    seekers, many employers are  having  difficulty  matching
    the  skills  they  require  with the skills of workers; a
    similar  problem  exists  in  industries  where   overall
    employment  may  not  be  expanding but there is an acute
    need for skilled workers in particular occupations;
         (2)  the  State  of  Illinois  should  foster  local
    economic development  by  linking  the  job  training  of
    unemployed  disadvantaged  citizens  with  the  workforce
    needs of local business and industry; and
         (3)  employers  often  need assistance in developing
    training resources that will provide  work  opportunities
    for disadvantaged populations.
    (b)  Definitions.  As used in this Act:
    "Community   based   provider"   means  a  not-for-profit
organization, with local boards of directors,  that  directly
provides job training services.
    "Disadvantaged  persons" has the same meaning as the term
is  defined  in  Title  II-A  of  the  federal  Job  Training
Partnership Act.
    "Training partners" means a community-based provider  and
one  or  more  employers  who  have  established training and
placement linkages.
    (c)  From  funds  appropriated  for  that  purpose,   the
Department of Commerce and Community Affairs shall administer
a  Job  Training and Economic Development Demonstration Grant
Program.  The Director shall make not less than  12  and  not
more  than 20 demonstration project grants to community-based
providers.   The  grants  shall  be  made  to   support   the
         (1)  partnerships  between community-based providers
    and employers for the  customized  training  of  existing
    low-skilled,   low-wage   employees   and   newly   hired
    disadvantaged persons; and
         (2)  partnerships  between community-based providers
    and employers to develop  training  programs  that  would
    link  the work force needs of local industry with the job
    training of unemployed disadvantaged persons.
    (d)  For  projects  created  under   paragraph   (1)   of
subsection (b):
         (1)  the   Department   shall  give  a  priority  to
    projects that include an in-kind match by an employer  in
    partnership  with a community-based provider and projects
    that use instructional materials and training instructors
    directly used in the  specific  industry  sector  of  the
    partnership employer; and
         (2)  the  partnership  employer  must  be  an active
    participant in the curriculum development,  employ  under
    250    workers,   and   train   primarily   disadvantaged
    (e)  For  projects  created  under   paragraph   (2)   of
subsection (b):
         (1)  community  based organizations shall assess the
    employment barriers and needs of local residents and work
    in   partnership   with   local   economic    development
    organizations to identify the priority workforce needs of
    the local industry;
         (2)  training  partners,  that  is,  community-based
    organizations  and  employers,  shall  work  together  to
    design   programs   with   maximum   benefits   to  local
    disadvantaged persons and local employers;
         (3)  employers  must  be  involved  in   identifying
    specific   skill-training   needs,  planning  curriculum,
    assisting   in   training   activities,   providing   job
    opportunities, and coordinating job retention for  people
    hired  after  training through this program and follow-up
    support; and
         (4)  the community-based organizations  shall  serve
    disadvantaged persons, including welfare recipients.
    (f)  The  Department  shall  adopt  rules  for  the grant
program and shall create a competitive application  procedure
for those grants to be awarded beginning in fiscal year 1998.

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