Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (SCF) is a public-private partnership working to match businesses that have current, unmet hiring needs with qualified, unemployed or underemployed job seekers. To date, more than 1,100 unemployed job seekers have secured employment through strategic partnerships with over 30 employers in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, over 236 unemployed job seekers have been enrolled in train-to-hire programs which result in immediate employment upon successful completion of the programs. As a national thought leader in workforce development, SCF has been tapped as a resource demonstrating the need for business intermediaries both locally and nationally.
Transition from Chicago Career Tech (CCT)
SCF originated as a career training program in late 2009 doing business as Chicago Career Tech (CCT). CCT was a classroom-based training program, including hands-on learning and direct pathways to employment in IT and health IT industries. In early 2011, CCT began working with McKinsey & Company on the evolution of CCT from a supply-driven model into a demand-driven business intermediary. A working group of key stakeholders was formed, including World Business Chicago, the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, City Colleges of Chicago, and interested funders including Joyce Foundation and Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, along with support from Civic Consulting Alliance. Over the course of several months, this working group developed and implemented a three-year business plan to guide the approach, organizational structure, funding, and overall strategy of the new intermediary, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future.