Matt Weis has been overseeing workforce programs for over the past decade, during which time he has created and led large-scale projects that have directly assisted with the re-employment of over 30,000 Illinoisans. He is a fierce advocate and practitioner of transitional jobs and other subsidized employment programs, and has managed employment contracts with the Chicago Housing Authority, City of Chicago, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership and the Illinois Department of Human Services to name a few. In 2010 as Director of Workforce Development with Heartland Alliance, he helped to conceive and manage the largest subsidized employment program in the nation – Put Illinois to Work, which assisted 27,000 Illinois residents with obtaining temporary employment and income during the height of the recession.
In his current role as Senior Director National Able Network, he oversees the IT Career Lab vocational training operations, as well as the IT Sector Center funded via the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership – a program that he began with MicroTrain Technologies in 2014. Since his start at National Able, Matt has doubled IT Career Lab’s annual revenue, introduced new funding steams, and has led expansion efforts to open two additional locations throughout the Chicagoland area. National Able’s IT Career Lab provides training and job placement services to upwards of 150 job seekers across the Chicagoland region in the areas of Information Technology, and boasts an incredible 92% certification attainment rate for program graduates. Matt frequently meets with job seekers and other workforce practitioners across the region to help educate them about navigating today’s volatile job market, training options, job search strategies, applicant tracking systems, and social media utilization. Matt also currently serves as Treasurer on the Chicago Jobs Council Board of Directors.