Work Experience

About Work Experience

Individuals with newly acquired skills sometimes have a difficult time finding jobs in the career field of their choice because they lack experience in the career; lack a specific set of skills that come with working in a similar job; or haven’t demonstrated the ability to apply the skills in a work setting. Work experience assists to address these shortages and increase the employability of these individuals.

How Work Experience Works

A work experience is a planned, structured learning experience that takes place in a workplace for up to six months. Work experience may be paid or unpaid, as appropriate. A work experience workplace may be in the private, for-profit, non-profit sector, or public sector. Work experiences are primarily established with employers that have current or anticipated job vacancies for positions for which participants are being trained.

Qualified applicants will be matched with the employer and approved by the employer.
A training plan will be designed that meets the needs of both the trained applicant and employer.
Training plans must expose the applicant to the actual work setting and align with the occupational classroom training.
Applicants in a paid work experience will be paid by a grant.

Work Experience Provides:

Hands on training.
Opportunity to train a potential employee in a work based learning environment.
A meaningful transition into employment.

Work Experience is for the Businesses/Employers that:

Are engaged in workforce development activities.
Have the demonstrated capacity to provide training and supervision.
Willing to invest time in a newly trained applicant in a training related job.
Have a hiring need-near and long term.

Who Qualifies for a Work Experience

Participants that have successfully completed a training program;
Participants that have been trained in a highly skilled occupation and/or career changer;
Participants that have been unable to find employment in the career they have been trained in;
Participants that increase their employability with a structured work experience.

For more information, contact:
Demar Harris  Director of Programs Lake County Workforce Development
Job Center of Lake County 1 N. Genesee St. Waukegan, IL 60085