Skills for Chicagoland’s Future

October 6, 2016

CASE is excited to announce its partnership with Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills).

Launched in September 2012, Skills is a public-private partnership that meets the hiring needs of employers by offering innovative solutions to place qualified, under and unemployed candidates into available positions. Skills’ demand-driven model is unique among organizations that serve the unemployed and underemployed. Rather than starting with the individual (supply) looking for a job, Skills starts with the company (demand) that has the job.

Skills fosters deep partnerships with employers to understand their talent needs, and then connects them with qualified job seekers. CASE and Skills align in their approach as demand-driven organizations. Since its launch, Skills has placed more than 3,000 job seekers into positions at over 50 Chicagoland employers. Through an independent study to be released in November 2016, Skills has demonstrated its impact through increasing placed candidates’ wages and benefits, as well as reducing reliance on government assistance.

Skills has received national recognition for its demand-driven model, including officials at the White House, U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Commerce. In the next three years, Skills aims to establish a national network of affiliate sites. Skills for Rhode Island’s Future, Skills’ first replication site, launched earlier this year.

As small businesses succeed in contracting with anchor institutions through CASE, the small businesses will commit to build capacity or expand their staff to support the contract’s execution. In addition, Skills assists a number of CASE anchors by helping them find talent within their communities. Through their partnership with Skills, CASE aims to support both anchors and small businesses by connecting them with qualified, under and unemployed talent, working toward our common goal of creating economic opportunity throughout Chicago.

For more information, visit their website or contact Cherita Ellens, VP of Business Operations and Communication, cellens@skillsforchicagoland.com with any questions.

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