Regional Apprenticeship Navigator

Posted: 09/09/2021

Career Link is seeking an experienced professional to fill a new Regional Apprenticeship Navigator position.  The Navigator will take a proactive approach in establishing and maintaining relationships with businesses, education partners, local workforce areas, chambers of commerce, and other apprenticeship partners in Economic Development Region 3.  The primary functions of the Navigator are to serve as a key point of contact in the region for registered apprenticeship expansion; facilitate development of apprenticeships with businesses and industries; act as a convener for regional coordination and system networking; and support existing and potential apprenticeship intermediaries in the region.
The Regional Apprenticeship Navigator leads the organization’s efforts to facilitate the development of new registered apprenticeship programs.  The Navigator will act as a Liaison between employers, area economic development organizations, educational providers, local workforce areas, etc.

  • Responsible for the successful development of new and expansion of existing apprenticeship programs in targeted industries of Economic Development Region 3.The Navigator will work with training providers such as Heartland Community College, Illinois Central College, and Spoon River College. The Navigator will assist these training institutions in developing training programs which lead to attractive apprenticeships.
  • Promote existing apprenticeship programs in the regional area and develop methods to include targeted populations;
  • Ensure businesses and industry associated with the local workforce board gain a clear understanding of what apprenticeships are and how they can assist employers with their hiring;
  • Coordinate sector partnerships between interested parties and connecting the various apprenticeship components with supportive services to reduce the barriers for workers;
  • Consult with employers and conduct worksite visits to assess the viability of registered apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship, or non-registered apprenticeship industry-recognized credential programs as an appropriate tool to meet individual or group employer training needs;
  • Assist employers with technical assistance to ensure apprenticeship models are created in a timely manner. This will include the sharing of specific frameworks with both employers and training providers so there is a clear understanding of what is needed to operate an apprenticeship;
  • Meet regularly with regional economic development representatives to update them on the progress of apprenticeship programs in the region. The Navigator will work with employers who have implemented apprenticeships to showcase positive experiences to other employers and regional economic development organizations;
  • The Navigator will host business roundtables and lead discussions on the workforce shortages of businesses across the region and how apprenticeship may be the appropriate solution to the employers workforce needs;
  • Bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited four-year college or university is preferred.
  • Minimum years of professional business (HR and recruiting), education (career advising) or workforce development.
  • Understanding of different positions and related competencies in advanced manufacturing and/or health care are a plus but not required. Experience working in advanced manufacturing or health care sector is highly preferred.
  • Highly motivated to learn, grow professionally and work in a team environment.
  • Must be able to travel to meetings regularly; reliable transportation is necessary.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Must possess analytical ability to solve problems, anticipate challenges and identify opportunities and solutions.
  • Detail-oriented with ability to stay organized while handling multiple tasks. Able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Must have excellent communications skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to establish professional relationships.
  • Must be able to provide superior customer service to both internal and external customers at all levels of an organization.
  • Takes a diplomatic approach to work and communications and an ability to easily establish credibility among a wide variety of stakeholders (i.e., business, nonprofit, academic, and policy/public sectors)
  • Collaborates and builds bridges internally/externally; works with others to achieve common goals and furthermore possesses the ability to work with all levels of management and leadership both internally and externally
  • Innovative by continuously looking for ways to improve processes, always for the best use of resources
  • Possess the ability to exercise mature judgment, tact, and professionalism
  • Executes with excellence by consistently delivering on promises to the highest standards; appreciates and demands quality
Please send a cover letter, resume and references to Steve Martin, Executive Director of Career Link, at  Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  The position will be open in December 2021. 
Career Link is an equal opportunity employer.

Career Link
Steve Martin, Executive Director