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.

Congratulations to the 2019 Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County

The Waukesha County Business Alliance has announced the eight winners of its Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County awards program. These awards celebrate young professionals who live or work in Waukesha County and who have shown personal initiative, determination and commitment to their careers and their community. The Alliance received many nominations for the awards, and […]

Attracting veterans to Wisconsin

By: Steve Janke, Statewide Veterans Field Representative, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs The Alliance met with Steve Janke in 2018 and looks forward to partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs and other organizations on efforts to employ veterans.   On August 24, 2018, Wisconsin launched a national campaign to encourage transitioning military personnel and […]

School of Applied Technologies programs enjoy record enrollments

When the economy is strong, jobs are plentiful and college enrollments are steady. When the unemployment rate is high, people tend to go back to school and enrollments rise. In Waukesha County Technical College’s School of Applied Technologies, there has been a bit of a paradigm shift. The unemployment rate in the United States in October 2018 remained at a low 3.7 percent, but enrollment in our applied technologies programs soared.

Addressing workforce needs

The Waukesha County Business Alliance is creating new programs and expanding existing ones to address workforce needs in Waukesha County’s four high-growth industries: manufacturing, health care, construction/skilled trades and information technology.

Alliance continues involvement in Waukesha County Neighborhood Initiative

On January 22, the Alliance participated in the Waukesha County Neighborhoods Initiative Visioning Session, along with a group of 40 other industry leaders.

Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo

On Thursday, January 24, more than 800 fifth through eighth graders came to Milwaukee Tool for the first annual Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo.