The number one concern we hear from the business community is workforce. In a survey we conducted in 2017, 67% of businesses in Waukesha County report finding a skilled workforce to be the primary challenge they face when starting or growing their business. It’s time for us to address that.
With increased resources available in our area, we now have the capacity to tackle this problem. We’ve created action teams and employer collaboratives to ensure our businesses have a voice in the process. In partnership with the Waukesha County Center for Growth, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington (WOW) Workforce Development, we’re coming up with solutions.
We believe there are three tenets that make up a comprehensive workforce development strategy: developing our future workforce through partnerships with educational institutions, attracting new talent to our area and retaining and skilling up our existing workforce.
We also have employer collaboratives that work together to strengthen their industries as a whole. Right now we’re focusing on the manufacturing, health care and construction industries.
With our population aging and retiring out of the workforce, this is a problem that isn’t going away anytime soon. But we’re working hard to show our region and the state as a whole that Waukesha County is a leader in fostering a community where businesses and citizens thrive.
We work to develop our future workforce by partnering with K-12 and post-secondary institutions to expose students to all the career opportunities in Waukesha County.
We work to attract talent to our area and show why Waukesha County and our region is a great place to work, live and play.
We work to retain talent and skill up our current workforce. Whether it be providing resources to help those already employed get ahead or providing opportunities to the unemployed, we want to ensure everyone in our area is contributing to our economy and reaching their full potential.
We have employer collaboratives that work together to strengthen their industries as a whole. Right now we’re focusing on the manufacturing, health care and construction industries.