Construction/Skilled Trades

The Alliance’s construction/skilled trades collaborative is focused on raising the perception of the available career pathway opportunities within the industry and creating interest in pursing the trades as a viable option. Like many other industries, construction is facing a workforce shortage that is projected to increase in the coming years. In a survey conducted in 2017 by the Alliance, 87% of construction/skilled trade companies indicated having difficulty attracting and/or retaining employees.

For 2018, the committee will focus their efforts on the following:

  1. Support area K-12 school districts and post-secondary institutions in their efforts to implement and/or expand construction/skilled trade programs
  2. Connect construction/skilled trade businesses to nontraditional sources of employees

By partnering with area high schools, the construction/skilled trades collaborative works to engage students, parents and educators to learn more about career pathways, salaries and options available in the skilled trades. Annually, the construction/skilled trades collaborative participates in the Alliance’s MADE Career Fair, which brings 800 high school students to learn about career paths in the manufacturing, construction, engineering and automotive industries.

Second round information sessions announced for Foxconn construction work

The second round of information sessions for Foxconn construction work will take place at the end of July and early August. These information sessions are a way to connect construction-related businesses and workers in all regions of the state with the tools they need to get connected with the Foxconn project.

Partnering with Waukesha County schools

We know that every day, our schools are doing more and more to partner with business. We too, are expanding our efforts in the area of K-12 relationships, business and education partnerships, workforce development and supporting districts in their academic and career planning work. In recent years, this work has increased dramatically. We’re excited that for the 2018-19 school year, 12 school districts in Waukesha County have committed to work with the Alliance to take these efforts to the next level.

Thinking differently about workforce

The benefits of hiring from outside your traditional candidate pool are numerous. Click to connect with resources to help you do that.

EPA Attainment

The EPA has adjusted its earlier classification for Waukesha County and reclassified the entire county as “in attainment.”

New Education Initiatives

Because of the workforce issue and with the launch of Academic and Career Planning throughout Wisconsin in 2017, our new initiatives to connect businesses and educational institutions are of the utmost importance.

Waukesha County Approves Participation in PACE Program

Earlier this year, the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors voted to approved participation in the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program. PACE enables property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term loans for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation improvements.

Construction/Skilled Trades Committee

Holly Hawkins

Tri-North Builders

Jason Schneider

VJS Construction Services

Paul Atkinson

Belman Homes

Chad Bartell

Lemberg Electric

Bud Bessler

OLIVER Construction Co

Leah Bitar

L.H. Krueger and Son, Inc.

Dajen Bohacek

Plumbing Mechanical Sheet Metal Contractors’ Alliance (PMSMCA)

Nancy Brochhausen

Geiger Awards & Apparel

Steve Carr

Jens Construction Corporation

Susie Feia

Feia Construction, LLC

Rob Freiboth


Lynette Fritz

OwnersEdge Inc

Justin Gross

VJS Construction Services

Mike Hallada

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.

Werner Holentunder

Berghammer Construction Corporation

Tim Knepprath

Wellspring Construction Group

Dan Maurer

R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

Mark Montgomery

Waukesha County Technical College

Tim O'Brien

Tim O’Brien Homes

Jim Parks

Berghammer Construction Corporation

Emilie Poehlmann

OwnersEdge Inc

Reginald Reed

Mindful Staffing Solutions

Peter Schwabe

Peter Schwabe, Inc.

Dave Thompson

Swimming Pool Services

Toby VanSistine

Metropolitan Builders Association

Diane Welhouse

Milwaukee NARI

Bart Wellenstein

AMCS Incorporated

Scott Wheaton

Strang Inc

Matt Wolf

Interstate Sealant & Concrete, Inc

Jason Young

Price Erecting Company