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Employee Training Requirements and Resources for Illinois Businesses


Illinois Employee Training

Illinois, like most every part of the world, has seen dramatic changes over the past few years. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in remote workforces, which has had a significant impact on employee training strategies.


There are several employee training trends that are prevalent in Illinois, as well as in many other states. Here are a few:

  • Technology-based training: With the widespread availability of digital tools and resources, many employers are moving towards online training platforms, webinars, and video-based training. This can be a cost-effective and efficient way to deliver training to employees, especially those in remote locations.

  • Personalized learning: Many employees prefer a more customized learning experience, tailored to their individual needs and learning styles. Employers are responding by offering personalized training options, such as self-paced modules or coaching sessions with trainers.

  • Soft skills training: Employers are recognizing the importance of soft skills in the workplace, such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. As a result, they are offering training programs that focus on developing these skills in employees.

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training: In light of recent social and political events, many employers are prioritizing DEI training for their employees. This type of training can help create a more inclusive and welcoming workplace, and can also help prevent harassment and discrimination.

  • Gamification: To make training more engaging and interactive, some employers are incorporating game-like elements into their training programs. This can include things like quizzes, challenges, and rewards for completing modules or courses.

Employee Training Requirements for Illinois Businesses

Illinois state law does not mandate specific employee training requirements for businesses. However, there are various federal and state laws that require employers to provide certain training to their employees.


For example, under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), employers are required to provide their employees with training on workplace safety and health hazards. Employers must also provide training on how to properly use and maintain personal protective equipment (PPE).


Additionally, Illinois employers must comply with the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), which prohibits discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Under the IHRA, employers must provide their employees with training on preventing sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.


Other types of training that employers may choose to provide include:

Ultimately, the types of training that a business provides will depend on its specific needs and goals. Employers should consult with legal counsel to ensure they are meeting all applicable training requirements.


Employee Training Resources for Illinois Businesses

Illinois businesses have access to a variety of resources to help with employee training. Here are a few:


Illinois workNet

Illinois workNet is an online resource for Illinois employers and job seekers. It offers a range of training and education resources, including information on apprenticeships, internships, and on-the-job training programs.


Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Illinois SBDC provides free one-on-one counseling and training to Illinois small business owners. They can help with a variety of topics, including business planning, marketing, and employee training.


Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

The DCEO offers a variety of training programs and resources for Illinois employers. This includes the Illinois Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) program, which provides grants for employee training and upgrading skills.


Illinois Community College Board (ICCB)

The ICCB oversees the state's community college system, which offers a range of workforce development and training programs. This includes customized training programs for businesses, as well as apprenticeship and certification programs.


Industry Associations

Many industry associations offer training and education resources for their members. These can include webinars, workshops, and other training events focused on industry-specific skills and knowledge.


About LMS Portals

At LMS Portals, we provide our clients and partners with a SaaS-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows you to launch a dedicated training environment (a portal) for each of your unique audiences.


The system includes an embedded SCORM-compliant course authoring tool that enables most anyone to build engaging courses quickly and easily.

We also offer a complete library of ready-made courses, covering most every aspect of corporate training and employee development.


If you choose to, you can create Learning Paths to deliver courses in a logical progression and add structure to your training program. The system also supports Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) and provides tools social learning.


Together, these features make the LMS Portals platform and content an ideal solution for our Illinois-based clients and partners.


Contact us today to get started or visit our Partner Program pages


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