The Department of Labor’s mission is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights. DOLETA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor, overseeing apprenticeship, sector initiatives, layoff services, youth programs, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and more.
The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is a state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond. The Department's primary responsibilities include providing job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.
The Wisconsin Workforce Development Association (WWDA) is the organization that promotes, enhances, and serves the interests of local workforce investment agencies and system partners in Wisconsin. WWDA represents the eleven Workforce Development Areas who administer the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs, as well as other federal, state and local workforce development initiatives across Wisconsin.
Regional Workforce Alliance (RWA)
In order to meet the challenges of the 21st century global economy, Employ Milwaukee collaborates with its adjacent workforce development boards (WDBs) to foster economic development and high-growth opportunities within the Southeastern Wisconsin regional economy. Employ Milwaukee, Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington (WOW), and Southeast WDBs have a long-standing regional association named the Regional Workforce Alliance that pursues funding for joint ventures, communicates about regional issues and best practices, coordinates outreach to regional businesses, promotes employment in high demand industries and occupations, conducts regional planning, and responds to regionally disruptive events such as mass layoffs or the influx of new investment and jobs.
The Milwaukee Area Workforce Funding Alliance (MAWFA) is an employer-driven consortium of private and public funders of workforce development dedicated to increasing the Milwaukee region’s employment environment – to the benefit of both Milwaukee’s businesses that need skilled workers and for the individuals seeking good jobs and careers with family-supporting wages.
NFWS’ mission is to drive practices, policies, and investments that enable workers to succeed in good jobs, provide employers with a skilled workforce, and build more prosperous communities. Employ Milwaukee’s President and CEO, Earl Buford, is on the NFWS Board of Directors.
National Skills Coalition is a broad-based coalition working toward a vision of an America that grows its economy by investing in its people so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper. We engage in organizing, advocacy, and communications to advance state and federal policies that support these goals – policies that are based on the on-the-ground expertise of our members.
NAWB connects workforce development professionals, Workforce Development Board members, and policy makers with the knowledge, training and tools to help make informed, smart decisions about how to execute WIOA successfully and invest in workforce strategies that advance the economic health of their communities through a skilled, competitive workforce.
NAWDP advocates for the workforce industry and develops the professional capacity of workforce professionals seeking the highest standards of excellence in credentialing, applied learning opportunities, and cutting edge tools to excel in serving job seekers and business.