Workforce Development

Workforce development is the number one issue facing Waukesha County, the Milwaukee 7 region and our state. An Alliance survey found that 84 percent of Waukesha County employers plan to expand their workforce in the next three years, yet 76 percent are unable to find enough qualified workers. The Alliance is committed to developing, identifying and supporting policy solutions that strengthen our region’s talent pipeline.

2020 Policy Priorities:

  1. Support programs that assist targeted populations to enter or re-enter the workforce.
  2. Expand availability of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development training grants.
  3. Support cost-effective, efficient, flexible transportation to connect employees with jobs in Waukesha County.
  4. Advocate for the state’s apprenticeship program.
  5. Collaborate to find solutions to the shortage of housing in Waukesha County for workers and young families.
  6. Identify and promote innovative employee retention solutions.
  7. Support a state and regional talent attraction program.
  8. Educate businesses on policy changes and private sector solutions that impact delivery and cost of health care.

Talking Points:

  • Waukesha County’s 2.7% unemployment rate has created a dire workforce shortage for area employers.
  • 84% of Waukesha County employers plan to expand their workforce in the next three years, yet 76% are unable to find enough qualified workers today.
  • Supporting workforce development programs for targeted populations, such as veterans, individuals with disabilities and those with a criminal background, can widen the pool of available candidates.
  • The state’s workforce is aging rapidly – 605,947 Wisconsin workers were 55 and older in 2015. Over the next 25 years, the state’s population of residents over 65 is projected to increase 82% while residents ages 18-64 projected to decrease .05% and ages 0-17 projected to increase only .05%.
  • Labor force participation and prime working age population participation in Wisconsin are among highest in nation.

2019-2020 Business & Education Partnerships

As the 2019-2020 school year comes to a close, we could not be more proud of the strength and resilience our business & education partnerships have shown. While we understand the end of the school year brought a multitude challenges, this past academic year was also filled with numerous opportunities to develop our future workforce […]

Mini Business World teaches students about economic and financial literacy

More than 70 students from Waukesha County school districts participated in the Alliance’s annual Mini Business World at Carroll University. The one-day Mini Business World event teaches students about economic and financial literacy, while stressing the importance of free-market enterprise and entrepreneurship. Students are put into groups with others from different schools and tasked with creating their […]

Advocating to expand Youth Apprenticeship in Wisconsin

Governor Evers signed AB 72 / SB 72 into law as Act 171 on March 3, 2020. The Alliance’s Education Policy Committee advocated for the bill, which expands Youth Apprenticeship (YA) programs in Wisconsin to include all 16 career clusters.  YA gives high school juniors and seniors opportunities to work in targeted fields while obtaining […]

Discovering Health Care Expo allows students to explore career pathways

Hundreds of middle and high school students attended the Alliance’s annual Discovering Health Care Expo at Carroll University. Waukesha County students participated in various hands-on, interactive activities like learning how to use physical therapy tests, blood testing equipment, following proper procedures to dress like a surgeon, and more. The health care industry continues to face […]

Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo

On Thursday, February 6, more than 1,000 fifth through eighth graders came to Milwaukee Tool for the second annual Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo. Students gained exposure to career opportunities in the construction industry through interactive activities run by forty different construction and skilled trades companies. Activities included: working in a mock demolition room, […]

Aligning local, state and federal priorities to help targeted populations re-enter the workforce

One of the Alliance’s top workforce development policy priorities in 2020 is supporting programs that assist targeted populations to enter or re-enter the workforce. Earlier this week, the Alliance was proud to attend a special program of the Joseph Project, which included a roundtable discussion led by Jared Kushner, senior advisor to President Trump, U.S. Senator Ron […]