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Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP)
525 Farragut Avenue, Suite 300
Great Lakes, IL 60088
Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
It’s likely that employment will change when a move occurs, especially for military spouses. The information below will provide you with employment assistance information and resources available such as SECO, MyCAA and MSEP Portals.
Good employment opportunities exist, but you may need to do a lot of networking and put together a good resume. Check out the community section of this website under salary comparison, community comparisons and the job section for up-to-date information.
The work and family life skills section which includes the Relocation Assistance Program, Family Employment Readiness Program and the Transition Assistance Program are a good stop for information on employment in the area and assistance with job search skills.
Employers are looking for veterans and military spouses to hire and we frequently receive announcements and emails from employers asking where to find you. To receive copies of these emails, follow the links below to sign up. This is not a commercial site or organization outside of the Navy. This group was set up to make the distribution of information easier and more user friendly. If you have a question, please call 847-688-3603, ext. 100.
Other useful websites:
For your career transition needs, the Great Lakes Fleet and Family Support Center offers guidance and training. These services are provided by our work/family life skills educators and consultants with the Transition Assistance Program and the Family Employment Readiness Program which offer current job information online. To sign up for a class in resume writing, 10 Steps to federal employment or make an appointment to speak with a work/family life skills consultant, call the Great Lakes FFSC at 847-688-3603, ext. 100 for the front desk.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. central. There is also a virtual attendance option if you are not able to attend in person.
Visit the TAPEVENTS.MIL website for the most up-to-date TAP schedule of classes.
If your transition date from the military is within a year (two years for retirement), then see your command career counselor, training non-commissioned officer or officer, to conduct your transition screening and assignment to tier one, two or three transition requirements.
Select your transition pathway and register for a TAP workshop and your chosen pathway workshop.
Note: You may attend more than one!
All transition classes are held in Building 617, Room 108, and start at 8 a.m. Register for a Capstone or make arrangements with the transition counselors to conduct a one-on-one Capstone. You can reach a TAP Counselor at 847-688-2412, or email us at email@example.com to ask questions or request information.
Contact Family Employment Readiness Program at 847-688-3603 ext. 129 or Navy College Center at 847-688-4681 ext. 216 for information on Spouse Tuition Assistance in the local colleges.
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
We work with the Illinois Department of Employment Securities for locating employment and for filing unemployment questions.
They are located in Lake county at:
Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.(closed from 12:00 to 1:00), Monday through Friday, except for state holidays.
You can apply for Unemployment Insurance online, see the website for information.
Unemployment rate 9.4%. Median household income $58,445. Contact our Transition Assistance Program and our Family Employment Readiness Program for all local opportunities at 847-688-3603, ext. 129.