Approximately 2,000 workforce development boards operate across the country. Each workforce board is overseen by a chief local elected official. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is the chief local elected official directing the work of Employ Milwaukee.
Employ Milwaukee is the workforce development board serving Milwaukee County. We are part of the public workforce system made up of federal, state and local offices that support economic expansion and develop the talent of Milwaukee County’s workforce.
By partnering with leaders from business, economic development, workforce, educational and training partners and community stakeholders, we develop workforce solutions that meet and anticipate regional economic growth in southeastern Wisconsin.
Our goal is to provide job seekers education and training options in high-growth, high-demand sectors -- and provide a skilled and sustainable workforce to attract, retain and grow diverse businesses and talent in order to be competitive in an innovative economy.
Build a strong workforce development system by planning, coordinating, collaborating and monitoring workforce initiatives with businesses, partners and community stakeholders at the local, regional, and state level to ensure a skilled and productive workforce for the 21st century.
Employ Milwaukee uses a sector-based workforce strategy to connect both the demand (Employer-identified need for skilled labor) and the supply (individuals with varying levels of education, skills, and barriers to employment who desire stable and well-paid employment) sides of the workforce equation. This business-led model identifies and connects employers’ real-time hiring needs with effective systems and partners to screen, match, and secure workers for those positions. Employ Milwaukee receives funding to serve youth, adults, dislocated workers, disabled individuals, incumbent workers, older workers, and individuals with issues related to poverty, substance abuse, lack of education, and other significant barriers to employment.
Employ Milwaukee has a diverse funding portfolio comprised of federal, state, local and philanthropic resources. Employ Milwaukee’s core funding is through the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA), authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Employ Milwaukee’s Coordinating Council is a grouping of major training and social service providers. These providers are faith-based and community-based organizations that stretch across Milwaukee county and many serve some of the most challenged neighborhoods. The council meets monthly to further an action plan to address the diverse needs of the workers that make up Milwaukee county’s workforce. The council also serves as a mechanism to bring together mandated American Job Center (One-Stop Center) partners and other organizations linked to the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration's system that provides a full range of assistance to job seekers under one roof. For more information, call (414) 270-1777.
Employ Milwaukee leads an active and engaged Youth Committee that assesses the needs of youth as they relate to future workforce preparation and encourages the coordination of services and activities that assist youth in reaching their career goals. The Youth Committee supports Employ Milwaukee in developing youth workforce policy by recommending innovative approaches that enhance youth programs, including options for leveraging and coordinating community resources among schools and community-based organizations. The committee consists of youth service providers and other youth service organizations that have a demonstrated record of success in serving eligible youth ages 16-24 in the areas of education, life skills, and/or employment-related activities. The Youth Committee is part of the Employ Milwaukee Coordinating Council. For more information, call (414) 270-1777.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires each Workforce Development Area (WDA) to have a state-approved local plan that is developed using guidelines issued by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. WIOA local plans will be effective, upon state approval, for Program Year 2016 (07/01/16-06/30/17). Employ Milwaukee’s draft WIOA Local Plan can be accessed here.
Board of Directors
President & CEO, Employ Milwaukee
Principal Financial Wisconsin Business Center
DWD - Job Service
Sheila D. Cochran,
Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO
B.G. Robert Cocroft,
Center for Veterans Issues, Ltd
DWD/Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Carla Y. Cross,
Cross Management Services, Inc.
Prism Technical Management & Marketing Services, LLC
Dr. Darienne Driver,
Milwaukee Public Schools
Association of General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee
LIUNA, Local No. 113
Andres E. Gonzalez,
Donald W. Layden, Jr.,
Baird Venture Partners
Dr. Vicki Martin,
Milwauke Area Technical College
UMOS Corporation, Inc.
Gorman & Company, Inc.
Advanced Wireless, Inc.
Retired, Department of Labor
Alan S. Perlstein,
WI Energy Research Consortium
Milwaukee Jobs Corps Center
Plumbing Mechanical Sheet Metal Contrators' Alliance
Thelma A. Sias,
Northwest Side Community Development Corporation
Aurora Health Care
Gwendolyn F. Washington,
DWD - Unemployment Insurance
Spotted Eagle, Inc.
Employment Opportunities at Employ Milwaukee
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