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  • 2018
    5/25

    Older Workers Month 2018

    As Older Workers Month comes to an end, it is important to keep in mind that there’s much we can learn through the experiences and stories shared by this population.  More importantly, older workers can continue to enrich and contribute to our communities and workplaces. In addition to Illinois workNet’s article on how these workers can remain working and engaged, check out the sources below for additional information.

    The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a “community service and work-based training program for older workers.”1 This website is a great location for individuals 55 and older who are looking to improve their employability skills. By being part of this program, older workers gain access to additional resources, services, and training opportunities. Be sure to check out the WorkforceGPS Resource Library for additional information concerning older workers.

    Another resource to check out is Older Americans Month (OAM). This year’s theme is Engage at Every Age, which “emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.”2 This month recognizes older adults around the country and encourages them to participate in activities within their communities. The Activity Page on Older Americans Month’s website offers several ideas of how these individuals can share their experiences with one another, younger generations, on social media, and much more.  To read more about this month, check out Older Americans Month’s website and history page, which also includes previous themes.

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  • 2018
    5/07

    National Construction Safety Week 2018!

    May 7 – May 11 is National Construction Safety Week. During this week, the construction industry recognizes workplace safety concerns and works together to prevent injuries on the job. With workers in the construction industry being at risk every day, Illinois workNet offers resources that can help inform workers on how to avoid injuries and prevent an accident at your work. Be it a reminder for yourself or a way to convey this information to coworkers, you can learn more about construction safety at the Construction Safety Week website.

    Whether you are just getting started in the industry or have been in it for years, these resources apply to workers of all positions and stages throughout construction projects.

    Below is a list of resources Illinois workNet has put together for National Construction Safety Week:

    • Be Safe in Your New Job – When starting a new job, it’s important to be aware and cautious of equipment you have not previously used. From operating workplace equipment to preparation and clean-up of your workspace, this article covers important safety precautions to keep in mind when on the job.
    • Stay Safe and Productive at Work – Following your company’s safety guidelines is key to prevent workers from getting hurt. This article covers safety tips for the workplace so that you and your team can be efficient in all your construction projects. 
    • Technical Skills – Read up on the different skills required in the industry and how you can keep your skills and performance up to date. 
    • Do You Need a Work Permit? – For younger members of the workforce, this article provides information on what jobs require work permits, rules for youths in the workplace, and how to apply for the work permit you will need.

    Discuss how you contribute to a safe work environment by taking the Safety Pledge.

    For more information on National Construction Safety Week, go to the Construction Safety Week website to learn about the history, upcoming events, the companies involved with this initiative, and much more.

    If you have any questions about National Construction Week, send an email to info@constructionsafetyweek.com

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  • 2018
    5/01

    Applications Open for 2018 One Summer Chicago Job Program

    One Summer Chicago, started by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office, presents more than 31,000 job opportunities for those living in Chicago. The program offers corporate and community employment opportunities for Chicago teenagers and young adults (ages 14 to 24). Young job seekers can explore careers in areas ranging from corporate office work to nutrition and working with the local park district.

    One Summer Chicago is an excellent opportunity for young job seekers to find suitable jobs and develop skills that will help them prepare for future employment, while simultaneously making a positive impact in their community. This is a great experience for individuals wanting to explore and jump-start their careers. Those accepted into the program will have a greater advantage when applying to part-time and full-time jobs later in life.

    If you, or someone you know, are interested in this exciting, growing, and diverse program that will provide you with important life skills and an engaging experience, check out One Summer Chicago’s website at http://www.onesummerchicago.org/. Depending on the organization, the timeline for this year’s One Summer Chicago program will last from July 2, 2018 to August 10, 2018.

    To be considered for a job with the program, you must complete and submit this application http://www.onesummerchicago.org/docs/OSC2018-REF.pdf by May 21st, 2018.

    You may also reach the program at OneSummerChicago@cityofchicago.org or by calling 312.743.0208 for questions or additional information.

  • 2018
    5/01

    Illinois workNet Event Calendar Updated

    Introducing the new and improved Event Calendar! The Illinois workNet Event Calendar has recently undergone several helpful updates.

    The Event Calendar is now more streamlined and easier to use than ever before. For example, you can now:

    • Export event info to Excel.
    • Use improved, easy-to-understand filters.
    • Add related documents to your event.
    • View events in a traditional calendar view or a list view.
    • Easily add events to your personal calendars on services like Google.
    • Easily share events on social media.

    If you're interested in learning more about the Event Calendar, Illinois workNet provides some useful related materials. Feel free to check out the Event Calendar Instructions and the Using the Event Calendar article.