As the region’s primary administrator of federal employment and training funds, sound fiscal stewardship is our highest priority. The Partnership’s funding comes primarily from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) as well as numerous philanthropic and private organizations. The Partnership supports a network of public and private workforce development agencies which serve job seekers and employers throughout the region.

In addition to serving as a funder, The Partnership also collaborates with local businesses, economic development agencies, municipal organizations and educational institutions in pursuit of innovative programs and strategic initiatives created to meet current or future business demand.

The Partnership is designated by Cook County and the City of Chicago to receive state and federal funds to administer job training and employment programs throughout the region. We also receive competitive grants to administer innovative workforce programs. Our programs enable eligible youth and adults to develop the skills and knowledge needed to meet the needs of Cook County’s employers. We also have programs specifically designed to serve employers.

Our approach begins with an understanding of our regional workforce needs to ensure we fund the most relevant and effective job training programs. Our success relies on strong relationships in the community and transparency of funding decisions. Every dollar invested is intended to have the greatest impact and be the most cost-effective.

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Thank you for your interest in The Partnership. All of our solicitations are done through procurement in the form of requests for proposals or RFPs. We do not have any active RFPs, at this time. If you are interested in learning about applying for or learning about future opportunities, please sign up for our mailing list by completing the following survey and specify your interest in joining our bidder’s list.