Overview of Management Leadership Training Programs
Conducted by the Bureau of Personnel Management
Training and Education Development
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) provides a wide array of leadership development opportunities for various levels of its employees. The opportunities provide essential leadership skills to employees throughout different phases of their careers. Seminars are designed to use IDOT-related information and situations in learning new skills. Participants learn by sharing their knowledge, concerns and experiences with peers, while working in small groups. Training is a solid investment in the department's greatest resource – our employees.
Department training currently consists of five (5) management leadership training programs. Four (4) of the programs are targeted for prescribed levels of employees and enrollment is restricted to those nominated and selected by senior staff. Participants in the targeted programs attend all modules scheduled within their specific program together. The fifth training program is open to all IDOT and other state department personnel with approval of their supervisor.
Accelerated Leadership Proficiency Series (ALPS)
ALPS is a targeted program designed to develop and improve the managerial
skills and organizational knowledge of first-line supervisors and staff who
have significant program responsibilities. The program explores supervisory
functions and teaches new methods of dealing with peers and subordinates.
This skill-based training ensures that participants learn to work in teams,
motivate subordinates, improve productivity and enhance communication. The
program allows participants to analyze case studies and network among
themselves to better understand other organizational units and the
department’s overall mission. Participants attend seminars every other month
over a two (2) year period and are required to meet their regular work
assignments while in the program.
The ALPS program is open to employees in Technical Pay Grades 10 through 15
and in Merit Compensation Pay Grades MC08 through MC11 who either hold a
supervisory position or have significant program responsibilities. CE IV’s
who did not attend the PACE program are also eligible for ALPS.
Executive Leadership Development Series (ELDS)
ELDS is a targeted program designed to refine the management skills of
mid-level personnel and prepare them for increased administrative
challenges. Participants learn to direct staff and delegate responsibility,
resolve conflict, promote organizational performance, utilize team building
practices, implement personnel policies, improve leadership techniques, and
enhance communication skills. ELDS seminars are IDOT-relevant and have been
identified as improving the critical skills necessary for middle managers to
achieve optimal performance. The seminars enable participants to exchange
experiences, ideas, and information. Participants attend quarterly seminars
over two (2) years, and are required to meet their regular work assignments
while in the program.
The ELDS program is open to CE/TM levels V through VII, other comparable
titles in Technical Pay Grades 16 through 19 and some Merit Compensation
Professional Advancement of Career Engineers (PACE)
PACE is a targeted program with a commitment to public engineering
excellence for it strengthens the skills of engineers in performing more
effectively. PACE provides leadership development for lower level civil and
electrical engineers and broadens their understanding of the department and
public sector responsibilities. Participants share work-related concerns and
solutions in completing group assignments that build skills in
communication, interpersonal relations, and leadership. Participants attend
monthly seminars for approximately nine (9) months and are required to meet
their regular work assignments while in the program.
The PACE program is open to Civil or Electrical Engineers in Levels II and
III with more than two (2) but less than seven (7) years of full-time IDOT
work or engineering experience.
Supervisor Training and Readiness Series (STARS)
STARS is a targeted “nuts and bolts” program that provides developmental
training as well as the tools and resources necessary to ready new
supervisors for the responsibilities and challenges they may face in their
new role. Participants complete a series of learning experiences that
broaden their understanding of the supervisor’s role and department
policies, procedures and responsibilities. Participants network by sharing
their work-related concerns as well as developing solutions to IDOT case
study exercises. The training is designed to use teams for the purpose of
developing a consensus of the role and responsibility of an IDOT supervisor.
Emphasis is placed on building participant skills in three major areas: 1)
Internal policy/procedure responsibility; 2) leadership; and 3)
interpersonal relations. Participants attend seminars every other month over
a two (2) year period and are required to meet their regular work
assignments while in the program.
STARS is designed for employees in technical, professional, and other
comparable titles who have assumed a first-time supervisor role within two
years of nomination for this program. Preference will be given to
permanently assigned supervisors. “Supervisor” for the purpose of
eligibility, is defined as a first-line manager with one or more direct-line
permanent subordinate personnel.
Growth and Training of Employees (GATE)
The GATE program provides seminars directed at both personal growth and
leadership techniques which help develop skills to increase employee
competence. Participants learn how to work in diverse groups, improve
productivity, increase communication skills, and understand IDOT
departmental policies and regulations. GATE training establishes a more
professional work environment, improves productivity, and is IDOT-relevant
to ensure that our workforce projects a more professional public image.
GATE seminars are conducted in half day and full day sessions and are open
to IDOT and other state department personnel with approval of their
supervisor. Seminars are scheduled at various times throughout the year and
may be held in multiple locations throughout the state.
Management Leadership Training Programs are administered by the
Employee Services Section of the Bureau of Personnel Management. The length
and content of each seminar varies to meet specific training requirements.
Each program’s training schedule attempts to minimize work disruptions or
time away from normal responsibilities. Seminars are facilitated by
consultants, training staff or in-house Cadre instructors. Cadre instructors
are IDOT employees who function as certified part-time trainers. Their vast
range of experience and knowledge makes each seminar diverse and unique,
informative, economical, and work related. All seminar registrations and
recordkeeping are tracked via the Learning Management System (LMS).
Training seminars allow employees to discuss common concerns, share ideas
and to accomplish work with a renewed spirit based upon improved skills. It
improves the collective work environment, bolsters individual morale and
productivity, and meets the long- and short-term training needs for most
employees. Training contributes to the IDOT tradition of functioning as a
professional and effective public agency in an ever increasingly complex
work environment. This commitment to employee excellence through leadership
development should well serve IDOT far into the 21st century.
Questions concerning any of the services or training administered by the
Bureau of Personnel Management, Employee Services Section, can be emailed