Author: JoAnn Johnson

BEST, Inc. Reminds that Minimum Wage Increases on January 1, 2021

Business Employment Skills Team, Inc. (BEST, Inc.) would like to remind all Illinois employers that on January 1, 2021 the minimum wage will increase to $11.00 an hour.   This increase is different for other occupations; $6.60 per hour for tips, and $8.50 per hour for youth under age 18 working less than 650 hours each calendar year.   This is the third increase in the minimum wage that was signed into legislation by Governor JB Pritzker and passed by the Illinois General Assembly on February 19, 2019, to support a goal of a $15.00 minimum wage by 2025.  “I invite employers Read More


Earn While You Learn Business Employment Skills Team, Inc. (BEST) announces that November 8th through November 14th is National Apprenticeship Week.  In its sixth year, National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a nationwide celebration established by the U.S. Department of Labor to bring together leading business, labor, education, and other critical partners to showcase the impact apprenticeship programs have on closing the U.S. skills gap for the American workforce.  Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway in which workers can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a transferable credential while job creators develop and prepare their future workforce.  Apprenticeship is a flexible training model Read More

NCI Works to Host Drive-Thru Job Fairs

NCI Works will be hosting 3 Drive-Thru Job Fairs during late October.  The first will be held October 23rd from 10am to Noon at the SouthTowne Mall, 1500 1st Ave in Ottawa, IL. The second event will take place in Sterling at the Sterling Food Bank, 1801 Plant Road on Saturday, October 24 from 10am to Noon.  The third and final event will be hosted at the Rock River Senior Center, 810 1th St, Oregon, IL on Friday, October 30th from 9am to Noon.  Area businesses that are interested in participating should contact Dianna Schuler at 815-640-9406 no later than Read More