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BankWork$® is Employ Milwaukee’s occupational skill development program, which provides eight weeks of retail banking career training.


BankWork$ was developed to open a door for young adults and adults from low income and minority communities to help them find and succeed in well-paying jobs that can lead to a lasting career. Students are often those who otherwise would not be considered a qualified candidate for positions in banking/financial services. Participants in the BankWork$ program will be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma or GED, have basic computer skills, and previous cash handling and customer service experience. Employ Milwaukee will assess individuals prior to enrollment to ensure eligibility requirements are met. BankWork$ classes will be provided at no cost to the participants. 

BankWork$ 3.0 classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM for eight weeks. Topics include workplace professionalism, deepening the customer relationship, financial services fundamentals, and preparing for employment.  Employ Milwaukee will schedule days and times based on market demand. 

The classes will be delivered as a hybrid model:  Two weeks in-person instruction and the alternate two weeks will be on line via Zoom, then repeat.  In addition, social distancing and masks are required during in-person portions of training.

Are you interested in a free training program that will connect you to a career in retail banking? If so, please fill out the registration form below.

The next BankWork$ class is scheduled to begin January 12, 2021.  Click on the link below and fill out the Registration Form for complete details.




BankWork$® is partnering with Employ Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Bankers      Association (WBA) to expand its eight-week training program to southeastern Wisconsin at no cost to the trainee. BankWork$® is a public-private partnership that primarily trains participants from underserved neighborhoods for careers in retail banking. The Milwaukee partnership will place adults with barriers to employment, in jobs in the financial services industry. The program is currently operating in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Tacoma.

BankWorks kick-off

Mayor Tom Barrett talks to banking industry executives during the launch event. 


         Employ Milwaukee is taking comments from the public for 30 days (October 19 – November 19, 2020) related to
         requesting a waiver from the Governor to provide BankWork$® training.  BankWork$® participants train for
         entry-level positions with career potential in banking and finance. 

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Training prepares job seekers for success in occupations including Bank Teller, Customer Service Representative, Relationship Banker and Personal Banker candidates to local banks/financial institutions. Training topics include workplace professionalism, deepening the customer relationship, financial services fundamentals, and preparing for employment.  Employer partners receive exclusive access to a graduation ceremony and hiring event after each class! Employer partners will have 50-100 prepared candidates to interview each year.


Are you interested in becoming a BankWork$® employer partner?

For more information, contact Jovo Potkonjak at (414) 270-7529 or email 


Employ Milwaukee

2342 North 27th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53210

Phone: (414) 270-1700Fax: (414) 225-2375

Deaf, hearing or speech impaired callers may reach us by the Wisconsin Relay number 711.

Employ Milwaukee is an Equal Opportunity Employer & Service Provider.

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