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Employer Training and Investment Program (ETIP)

This program is offered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Program Description

The Employer Training Investment Program (ETIP) assists Illinois companies in training their workforce to increase the productivity and competitiveness for Illinois businesses in the global economy. ETIP enhances job opportunities for employees in Illinois and keeps workers’ skills on pace with the latest technologies and business practices.


  • Single company training is available for small and large Illinois-based businesses with employee training needs based on the following criteria: • Operating or locating in Illinois with planned permanent expansion, location or retention • Expanding a business enterprise in Illinois • Investing in new capital equipment or technologies with specialized training needs • Expanding into new markets / exports from Illinois • Introducing more efficient technologies / continuous improvement systems into operations • Providing training to employees in order to avoid layoffs
  • Multi-company training is available for the following intermediary organizations that can provide employee training needs for multiple Illinois-based companies: • OEMs sponsoring training for Illinois suppliers • Business and industry associations • Educational institutions • Labor organizations • Strategic business partnerships Illinois-based companies and intermediary organizations may submit grant applications that provide training activities for newly-hired Illinois employees or retaining and upgrading the skills of existing workers in Illinois.

Availability & Application Process

Applications are accepted on an annual basis and are reviewed through a competitive process. Awards are subject to the availability of funds and are provided as matching grants for up to 50% of approved costs on eligible training activities for full-time Illinois employees (part-time, temporary, contractual or seasonal workers are not eligible).  NOTE: Retail, healthcare, financial services, hospitality, restaurants and other service-related companies are not eligible for the ETIP program.


For more information or to request an application, contact your Regional Outreach office. Contact information provided below:

Michelle Michals
Northeast Senior Account Manager
(312) 636-4555


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