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About Us

Created in 2012, The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) is an umbrella organization operating the public workforce system in the City of Chicago and Cook County. The Partnership combines federal and philanthropic resources to broaden the reach and impact of workforce development services for both employers and job seekers.

As the largest workforce development system; in the nation, The Partnership has helped place more than 60,000 individuals in employment, collaborated with more than 2,000 employers and administers more than $300 million in federal and philanthropic funds. The Partnership’s network of 53 community-based organizations, 10 American Job Centers, and sector-driven workforce centers serve 132 municipalities.

Focusing on the region’s labor market, The Partnership provides training, business services, career coaching and data analysis, in the following high-growth and high-demand industries:

  • Business and Professional Services
  • Healthcare
  • Retail, Culinary, and Hospitality
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
  • Construction

For more information about The Partnership, visit call 312.603.0200, follow us on social media @ChiCookWorks, or Subscribe to In the Works, The Partnership’s monthly eNewsletter.

Our Vision:

Every person has the opportunity to build a career; every business has the talent to grow and compete in a global economy.

Our Mission:

To create, promote, and effectively manage a network of workforce development organizations that: designs innovative solutions to address business needs; and, prepares individuals for and connects them to career opportunities.

Our Values:

  • Collaboration: We strategically engage a variety of local, regional, state, and national partners in workforce and economic development to ensure program effectiveness. The breadth of these activities allows us to connect businesses and individuals to a wide array of resources.
  • Innovation: We design and implement initiatives that result in dynamic outcomes for businesses and job seekers alike. We seek creative solutions to current and future workforce development challenges.
  • Transparency: We clearly communicate our expectations, policies, and processes to stakeholders and partners. We openly and publicly share the results of our initiatives.
  • Financial Responsibility and Stewardship: As stewards of public, private, and philanthropic funds, we ensure effective and efficient management of our resources to achieve the maximum returns on investment and greatest impact on the business or individual served.
  • Quality: We commit to continuous improvement. We aspire to a standard of excellence that ensures the delivery of high caliber services for all stakeholders while identifying opportunities for further growth.
  • Dignity of Work: We believe in the value of work and the mutually beneficial impact that it has on individuals and the companies that employ them. We support investment in human capital as a means of strengthening local communities and the regional economy.