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Information Technology Trainee Program FAQ

1. Is there an age requirement for the Information Technology Trainee Program?

You must be 18 or older and match the requirements of the job.

2. Do you have to live in the State of Illinois?

Yes; This is an in-person trainee program where you will be interacting with classmates, teachers, and mentors.

3. Is this a full-time job?

Yes; You will be a full-time State of Illinois employee and student.

4. Do you offer sponsorship with the Information Technology Training Program?

No; DoIT does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa, CPT/OPT status). To be considered for permanent DoIT employment, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

5. Is the IT Training Program in-person, hybrid, or remote?

The IT Training Program will be administered in an in-person format.

6. What hours will trainees be working?

Trainees will report to work during normal business hours

7. Is there a job guarantee after training?

If you pass the coursework, you will continue your employment with the State of Illinois.

8. Is there a requirement to work for Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology after completing the Information Technology Trainee program?

Yes; Program participants will agree to work for the State of Illinois for 36 continuous months including the time spent in the trainee program.

9. Once training is completed, would all positions be on site or are there some that would be available remotely?

Positions will be on-site or in a hybrid format based upon operational needs.

10. When will the IT Trainee Program begin?

Inaugural class will commence January 2024.

11. How long is the Information Technology Trainee Program?

The total program will take 11-15 months to complete.

12. When you are done with the program, what certification or diploma do you receive?

You MAY receive a certification, but you will NOT receive a diploma.

13. Can I fail out of the Information Technology Trainee Program?

Yes; You must successfully pass all coursework in the trainee program.

14. Can you select your track of focus?

No; DoIT will assign a track based upon operational needs.

15. Are background checks required?

The State of Illinois does a rigorous background check based upon the position in which you applied.

16. Do IT Trainees receive state benefits?

As a State of Illinois employee, you receive a comprehensive benefits package.

For more information regarding State of Illinois Benefits follow this link: CMS Bureau of Benefits