The manufacturing sector in Illinois is in dire need of skilled workers -- experts estimate that Illinois manufacturers currently have over 30,000 jobs open for trained workers -- and military veterans are in a unique position to meet this demand.
The Mission: Military 2 Manufacturing Fair, which is different from a traditional hiring fair, will serve to educate veterans and National Guard and Reserve members on available jobs, salaries and career paths available in modern manufacturing and logistics. This is an exceptional, no-cost opportunity for veterans to network with training experts, like-minded professionals, and meet fellow servicemembers who have already made the transition to civilian positions.
Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from one of two tracks based on the level of manufacturing training/experience they possess. Attendees with limited experience will participate in breakout sessions that teach them about the various educational and training programs specifically tailored to veterans interested in modern manufacturing. Attendees with some level of training or experience will have the opportunity to meet directly with employers from the area looking for skilled workers right now.
1:00 PM – Guided Tour of Excel Foundry & Machine
2:00 PM – General Session/Introduction
TRACK 1: TRAINING & EDUCATION
2:50 – 3:15 PM – Breakout Session #1: Converting Military Experience to Manufacturing
3:20 – 3:45 PM – Breakout Session #2: Training for Today's Manufacturing Jobs
3:50 – 4:20 PM – Breakout Session #2: Supply Chain and Ops Management
TRACK 2: EMPLOYMENT
2:50 – 4:20 PM – Networking with Local Employers
4:20 – 5:00 PM – Networking Period for Attendees and Exhibitors
- Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs
- Illinois Department of Employment Security
- Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
- Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
- The Tooling & Manufacturing Association
- American Welding Society
- Illinois workNet
- Association for Operations Management (APICS)
- Medusa Consulting Group
- Illinois Central College
- Bradley University
- Harper College
- Excel Foundry & Machine
Registration is free. Please register above, under the “Ticket Information” section, by providing your contact information and other pertinent details. For general questions, please contact Stefanie Bliss at the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs at Stefanie.Bliss@illinois.gov or 312-814-1661.
When & Where
Senior Aide to the Agency Assistant Director