SPRINGFIELD, IL - Illinois has launched a progressive initiative aimed at bolstering the state's tech workforce and providing residents with opportunities in the field of computer technology. The Department of Innovation and Information Technology's Trainee Program, which commenced this Thursday, is set to offer comprehensive training in areas such as cybersecurity, networking, coding and database management, end-user computing, and enterprise infrastructure. Participants will be compensated with an annual stipend of $54,000 during their training period, and upon completion, they will be directed towards employment opportunities within state agencies and offices.
Governor JB Pritzker expressed his commitment to ensuring that Illinoisans have access to fulfilling jobs that not only cater to their immediate financial needs but also support their family's aspirations. He emphasized that this initiative is a step towards creating a robust pipeline of skilled tech professionals to meet the increasing demand in this sector and to diversify the tech workforce in Illinois.
To accommodate a growing number of interested individuals, the training will be held at City Colleges of Chicago and Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, with each location initiating with classes of 20 participants. The program is set to expand with more classes as necessary. Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply online and attend recruitment events scheduled for early November at City College's Harold Washington campus in Chicago and Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. For further information, potential applicants can reach out to the Department of Innovation and Information Technology via email.