Employer Partners

The Building Illinois’ Bioeconomy Consortium recognizes that creating and maintaining a skilled worker talent pipeline for the bioeconomy requires dedication and collaboration.  The Consortium cooperates with a wide array of private and public partners, including industry employers and associations, workforce and economic development agencies, various other government entities and nonprofit organizations, to ensure that services are provided to participants in its programs in an effective and streamlined manner, and that program participants have access to resources and jobs.

 Industry Employers and Associations

The Building Illinois’ Bioeconomy Consortium’s employer connections range various industries across the bioeconomy. Acknowledging that a skilled workforce is needed to respond to the demands of an expanding sector, Consortium college partners communicate with industry employers and associations on an ongoing basis to ensure programs are training students in areas that directly align with the qualifications necessary for employment. The Building Illinois’ Bioeconomy Consortium collaborates within the industry to ensure that TAA workers, unemployed, underemployed, and displaced workers, veterans, and underserved minorities have access to multiple tracks to enter the workforce. Industry partners we collaborate with offer current employees options for advancement in the workforce by updating and improving skills through the BIB colleges. Furthermore, applicants that seek jobs at industry sites but do not yet have the necessary skills and training are notified of our specialized tracks.

 Workforce and Economic Development

The Building Illinois’ Bioeconomy Consortium college partners maintain good relationships with state and local workforce and economic development agencies, including the local workforce investment areas (LWIA) and One Stop Career Centers. Our college partners collaborate with their respective LWIAs and provide campus resources to ensure the Bioprocess, Bioenergy, Process Maintenance, Water Management, Restauration Ecology, and Integrative Studies best serve the needs of TAA and other eligible workers. Workforce and economic development agencies communicate with the BIB college partners to identify and setup strategies to reach target populations and provide them with access to pathways to bioeconomy careers.

 Government and Nonprofit Support

Many students that enter BIB programs are nontraditional and may require assistance to ensure program retention and completion due to skill, time, and financial constraints. The Consortium coordinates with various government agencies at local, regional, and national levels, as well as with community based, philanthropic, and labor organizations, to guarantee that new and existing participants in BIB programs are provided continuous support and advice throughout their training as well as after graduation and industry employment.