Industry-Driven Program Offers Train-to-Hire Internships for Employers

The Aurora Chamber would like to re-introduce a partner program for local employers. The Business and Career Services Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) is an innovative workforce development program designed to:

  • Help employers identify and hire motivated, young adults ages 18 – 24
  • Help young adults learn about manufacturing and start a successful career path
  • Change the perception of manufacturing and promote it as a desirable career

Employers benefit from the program because:

  • Internship provided at no cost to employer, no commitment to hire
  • Minimize hiring risk by identifying motivated employees during internship
  • Drug Screening and Work-readiness training provided prior to internship
  • Employers may be eligible for On-the-Job-Training Grant if interns are hired as employees

The MCIP starts with a Career Exploration “Boot” Camp that leads directly to an eight-week paid internship. During the boot camp, interns visit six to eight local manufacturers, tour the manufacturing lab at the local community college, learn essential “work-readiness skills”, brush up on their math skills and gain OSHA and Lift Truck Driving Certifications. At the end of the boot camp, participating employers interview and select interns for an internship paid by the MCIP.

The MCIP is funded through the through a federal WIOA grant from the DOL. Business and Career Services (BCS) serves as the employer of record and covers payroll, liability and insurance during the internship. In addition, participants obtain a 10-hour OSHA certification and forklift truck-driving certification. Other elements include:

  • Tours of local area manufacturers to learn about careers and skills required
  • Emphasis on work-readiness, including attendance, attitude and problem solving
  • Emphasis on shop math and communication skills
  • Resume writing and job interview preparation

The MCIP has been recognized as one of the most unique and innovative workforce programs in Illinois. Since 2011, more than 200 companies have participated and over 700 interns have participated. More than 85% of interns hired after the internship have stayed with the company for longer than 12 months.

For information, contact Rand Haas, program manager, at (630) 204-9795.

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