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 work to retain talent and skill up our current workforce. Whether by 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 his or her full potential.
- Expand the Alliance’s Young Professionals of Waukesha County group to build a community of YPs in our area.
- Promote the Alliance’s Leadership Waukesha County program to develop business professionals’ leadership skills.
- Connect Waukesha County employers with organizations that reskill and support residents from the inner city of Milwaukee, such as The Joseph Project, Mindful Staffing Solutions and more.
- Support innovative employee retention programs, such as Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington (WOW) Workforce Development’s Employer Resource Network pilot.
- Educate employers on benefits and opportunities for employing individuals with disabilities/special needs.
- Connect businesses to WOW for incumbent worker training and on-the-job training assistance and support WOW job fairs in the fall and spring.
The Alliance joined 50 chambers of commerce from across the state – including Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state chamber – in sending a letter to Gov. Tony Evers and lawmakers urging them to end federal pandemic related unemployment benefit programs that are contributing to Wisconsin’s workforce shortage, and instead use American Rescue Plan funds […]
Over the last month, the Alliance has hosted superintendent / president roundtables for business leaders to hear from Waukesha County Technical College President Rich Barnhouse and School District of Waukesha Superintendent Jim Sebert. The Alliance welcomes future opportunities to connect the business community with our education partners.
As our region continues to rebuild and recover, workforce development efforts to develop, attract and retain talent remains a top priority for the Alliance. As we celebrate Career & Technical Education (CTE) month, we want to remind members of the importance of the collaboration between education and business to fill future talent pipeline needs. The […]
The Alliance would like to congratulate our Fall 2020 Leadership Waukesha County participants for completing the first ever virtual program! Participants celebrated the final session of the program by sharing their biggest takeaways and most eye-opening experiences through virtual presentations. Kudos to each and every one of the graduates, and a big thank you to […]
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 […]
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 […]