The Chicago Jobs Council Career Readiness Framework describes evidence-based best practices for how to organize client-centered workforce development programming.
Skills addressed: Written & Verbal Communication, Goal Setting, Time Management, Creative Thinking, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Adaptability, Persistence, Leadership, Teamwork, Collaboration
Program Development & Design
The Chicago Job Council was founded in 1981 to track economic development funds earmarked for low-income Chicago residents. Today its programming and mission aim to create stable employment with career advancement opportunities to bring about strong communities with a focus on racial equity. The organization works in collaboration with city, state, and national groups on economic development, jobs, education, and transportation barriers, including managing the Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative coalition from 2009 to 2013. The council offers training through the Frontline Focus Training Institute to build the capacity of frontline workforce development workers, leadership, and programs to organizations across the country. The organization offers several staff credentials, including the Workforce Professional Credential earned over an 11-month period with a learning cohort. A career readiness curriculum is in development to accompany the framework.
Adaptability & Flexibility
Critical & Creative Thinking
Leadership & Initiative
Teamwork & Collaboration