Workforce Development

Workforce development is the number one issue facing Waukesha County, the Milwaukee 7 region and our state. An Alliance survey found that more than 85 percent of Waukesha County employers plan to expand their workforce in the next three years, yet 82 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.

Areas of support

  1. Support programs that assist targeted populations in entering or re-entering the workforce.
  2. Support state and regional efforts to implement a talent attraction program.
  3. Expand availability of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development training grants.
  4. Continue to evaluate cost-effective, efficient, flexible transportation options that connect people looking for work with jobs available in Waukesha County.
  5. Continue to advocate for the state’s apprenticeship program.
  6. Collaborate with other partners to find solutions to the shortage of affordable housing in Waukesha County for workers and young families.
  7. Identify and promote innovative employee retention solutions such as the Employee Resource Network (ERN) model.
  8. Educate members on the regulatory and legislative policy changes that impact delivery and cost of health care.

Talking points

  • Waukesha County’s 2.4% unemployment rate has created a dire workforce shortage for area employers.
  • More than 85% of Waukesha County employers plan to expand their workforce in the next three years, yet 82% 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.
  • Wisconsin’s demographics, as well as the addition of new jobs in the coming years, necessitate an effective statewide talent attraction program.

Ramping up business education partnerships

Now that area students are one month in to the 2019-20 school year, the Alliance is officially kicking off our school year business and education programs.

Alliance advocates to expand youth apprenticeship opportunities

The Waukesha County Business Alliance supports Assembly Bill 72, which would expand Youth Apprenticeship opportunities to students and employers in the areas of education/training, public safety, human services, business administration and government administration. Adding these occupations would mean that the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development would be offering curriculum in all 16 career clusters for Youth Apprenticeship.

Supporting expungement reform

Workforce development is the number one issue facing Waukesha County, the Milwaukee 7 region and our state. With record-low levels of unemployment in Wisconsin and an aging workforce, employers and workforce leaders recognize that criminal justice reform can improve both the labor market and life outcomes for people with criminal records. Supporting programs that assist […]

Alliance advocated to improve credit transfer among higher ed

The Alliance’s Education Policy Committee has long supported improving the transfer of credits among higher education institutions. On Thursday, September 12, the Alliance testified at the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities in support of two Assembly bills that advance these efforts: AB 189 and AB 371. Click here to watch the testimony from Robyn […]

31st Leadership Waukesha County class kicks off

Our 31st Leadership Waukesha County class kicked off on Wednesday, September 4. Leadership Waukesha County is a nine-month program that focuses on development of business professionals who live or work in the greater Waukesha County area. The goal of the class is to provide the tools, processes and inspiration necessary to develop and enhance leadership skills that will […]

Wisconsin Public Radio: Wisconsin’s Millennial Marketing Campaign To Continue, Despite Funding Change

A state-run marketing campaign aimed at getting more millennials to move to Wisconsin will continue, despite Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and state lawmakers not funding it in the state budget.