Welcome to Good Jobs Chicagoland

Empowering Our Community, One Job at a Time

Welcome to Good Jobs Chicagoland, an initiative led by The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, revolutionizing the workforce development landscape in our vibrant city. We are proud recipients of the prestigious $18.5 million Good Jobs Challenge Grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, selected from a competitive pool of 509 applicants. Good Jobs Chicagoland's mission is to ignite economic growth and stability in Chicago and suburban Cook County, with a special focus on communities hit hardest by intergenerational poverty and the pandemic.

Identifying a Good Job

A Guide for Job Seekers

A good job goes beyond just the basics of employment; it ensures financial stability, promotes professional growth, and respects the well-being and input of every employee. For job seekers, finding a good job means looking for positions that not only provide a livable wage but also offer opportunities for advancement, safe and accommodating working conditions, predictable schedules, comprehensive benefits, and a culture of respect and communication.

  • Workplace adheres to safety standards, including adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and measures for handling aggressive customers.
  • Availability of anti-harassment training and policies that support victims of workplace harassment, including bystander intervention strategies and trauma-informed resources.
  • Support systems in place for employees dealing with intimate partner violence.
  • Both full-time and part-time positions come with benefits suitable for maintaining health and managing family responsibilities.
  • Employer provides health insurance, paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, and child care support.
  • Employers provide clear and advance notice of work schedules, minimizing last-minute changes.
  • Employer offers a guaranteed minimum number of hours and compensation for schedule changes made without sufficient notice.
  • Employer encourages feedback on working conditions and actively involve employees in decision-making.
  • There are protections against retaliation for voicing concerns, and contributions toward workplace improvements are recognized.

We're Here to Help

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A Unified Vision for
Economic Resiliency

Good Jobs Chicagoland is more than just a program – it's a movement. We are committed to creating meaningful, sustainable career pathways in crucial sectors. Our efforts are concentrated on uplifting the Chicagoland region, particularly areas long-deserving of economic revitalization and opportunity.

Cultivating Skills
in Key Sectors

Good Jobs Chicagoland spans the dynamic fields of Health Care; Information Technology; Manufacturing; and Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL). In these high-growth sectors, we're not just filling jobs; we're bridging talent gaps and fueling economic recovery by aligning training with the real needs of industry.

Strength Through

Our success stems from our collaborative backbone structure, comprising four key organizations and numerous support agencies. This united front focuses on system development, program design, and implementation, with an ambitious goal to train and place 2,000 individuals over three years in 16 vital occupations.

Building Futures Together

Collaborative Powerhouses for Workforce Excellence

Meet our sector backbone partners, the driving forces behind our collective mission to transform Chicagolands's workforce landscape.