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Compete Milwaukee

Compete Milwaukee is a brand developed by the City of Milwaukee to message the workforce development strategy of Mayor Tom Barrett.  Compete Milwaukee supports the development of human capital within the city to support the region’s economic competitiveness.  Compete Milwaukee meets workers where they are at by providing individualized services and gives them tools and steps to advance on a career ladder. 


Compete Milwaukee is comprised of three separate and distinct programs

Transform Milwaukee Jobs – Transitional Jobs Program

The Transform Milwaukee Jobs (TMJ) program offers jobs to unemployed low-income adults in Milwaukee County who are not participating in Wisconsin Works (W-2) and not eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. UMOS is the provider of the TMJ program in Milwaukee County. UMOS refers TMJ-eligible individuals to the Compete Milwaukee Coordinator for placement in temporary jobs within City Departments. Each year, 50 individuals are placed in City jobs.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 and older at the time of enrollment
  • Contact Hector Lerma at 414-389-6234 for direct information regarding eligibility

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Contact Brian Foley at (414) 270-1782 For More Information

Department of Public Works

Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) Ambassador Program

The MPD Ambassador Program offers a short-term work experience enriched with mentorship, community engagement, encouraging future leaders, and building bridges between the Milwaukee Police Department and the community. Ambassadors and MPD members worked side-by-side at MPD districts and divisions as well as community events in neighborhoods across the City. There are 20 Ambassadors selected each year.

  • Applicants must be High School Graduates; 18-25 years old at the time of enrollment

Contact Brian Foley at (414) 270-1782 For More Information

MPD Ambassadors


Contractor Connections is a construction skills sector-focused component of Employ Milwaukee’s WIOA Out-of-School Youth (OSY) Program. Recruiting is done in conjunction with the YouthBuild Program. Participants are given opportunities to interact with the contractor community, receive construction occupational skills training and credentials, and career exposure and exploration in the construction industry. Participants work with WRTP/BIG STEP to get certified training (OSHA, safety, lead supervisor, etc.) and paid work experience funded through WIOA OSY. Each year, approximately 18 young people participate in the program. 

  • Applicants must be Out-of-School (high school graduate or drop-out; 18-24 at the time of enrollment) 

Apply Here

Contact Brian Foley at (414) 270-1782 For More Information


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