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.

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 […]

2019 Business & Education Partnerships Recap

As we reflect on 2019, we are proud to report that our business and education partnerships are stronger than ever. This past year was filled with numerous opportunities to develop our future workforce by connecting businesses and educational institutions. The following is just a portion of the work completed in 2019. Thank you to all […]

Talent Attraction: Wisconsin Gaining Population from Migration

Workforce development is the number one issue facing Waukesha County, the Milwaukee 7 region and our state. One of the Alliance’s 2019 Policy Agenda priorities is to support state and regional efforts to implement a talent attraction program. The state’s workforce is aging rapidly – 605,947 Wisconsin workers were 55 and older in 2015. Over the […]

Schools2Skills™ takes students through the doors of health care facilities

In just one week, the Alliance’s Schools2Skills™ tours took students through the doors of two health care facilities in Waukesha County. Nearly 50 middle school students had the opportunity to visit either Oak Hill Terrace or Community Memorial Hospital. Schools2Skills™ tours give students an inside look at the world of health care, exposing them to […]

Schools2Skills™ celebrates 10 years of providing students with tours of local businesses

Originating as a way to connect superintendents and teachers with local manufacturers, Schools2Skills™ quickly evolved into a platform for educating students about the career opportunities in manufacturing. Schools2Skills™ gives middle and high school students tours of local manufacturers to see firsthand the innovative and advanced technology available right here in southeast Wisconsin. To date, over 3,600 students have attended Schools2Skills™ […]

800+ Students Visit 2019 M.A.D.E Expo

In support of Manufacturing Month, the Waukesha County Business Alliance was proud to host over 800 middle and high school students at the 2019 M.A.D.E. Career Expo. The interactive expo gives students the opportunity to learn about career pathways in manufacturing from area companies. As the number one contributor to Wisconsin’s economy, manufacturing produces more […]