CHICAGO – State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. announced that Women’s Innovation Group in Lynwood received a total of $260,000 through the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

"Illinois is known for its world-class workforce, and programs such as the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program are critical to advancing opportunities for people across the state to earn a living and support their families," said Sims (D-Chicago).  “Apprentice programs are extremely competitive – and investments that directly provide more access into these programs are a step in the right direction.”

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awarded over $18 million in grants to 36 recipients through the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program, including $260,000 to Women’s Innovation Group in Lynwood. The program creates a diverse pool of talented and qualified candidates in construction and building trades, as well as helps participants to secure employment and establish a career in the field.

The Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program launched in 2021 with the goal of increasing diversity and access to apprenticeship programs. Pre-apprenticeship programs are comprehensive and help participants gain admission to apprenticeship programs, which provides a greater opportunity for obtaining employment in the trade of construction, and securing a lifelong career.

Visit DCEO’s website to learn more about the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship program.