Monday, July 30, 2012
This is a guest column from Secretary Reggie Newson, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, about a new program designed to get Wisconsin workers off unemployment sooner.
Monday, July 30, 2012
What do Clay Matthews and Mark Tauscher have in common besides their Green Bay Packer glory days? Both were college walk-ons, Matthews at Southern California, and Tauscher, at Wisconsin. Given a tryout, they went on to become not just starters, but key players on winning teams in college and the NFL. An All-Pro linebacker, Matthews continues to play, while Tauscher now has a shot at a spot in the NFL broadcast booth. Thanks to an innovative program, job seekers now have walk-on opportunities, and employers, like coaches, can build winning teams. The program is called Wisconsin Workers Win (W3). We at the Department of Workforce Development recently unveiled W3, another example of Governor Walker’s efforts to get Wisconsin Working again, …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Wisconsin WINS pairs unemployed workers with local companies that need to fill full-time vacancies. Those interested can start applying now.
Coming out on top of this recession may hinge on getting a new skill set. Now, there's a program that can help bring willing unemployed workers together with vacancies at local businesses for a win-win. Wisconsin Workers Win is now accepting applications from employers who have vacancies and are willing to train a new employee. Unemployed workers who are willing to undergo training and move into a more permanent job can also apply. A story on FOX 6 Now Thursday confirmed the program is open. W3, as the program is tagged for marketing, started as Assembly Bill 450 and was co-authored by Republican Van Wanggaard (Racine) and Representative Mark Honadel (R-South Milwaukee). Gov. Scott Walker signed it into law in March. Here's how it works: …
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) talks about recently signed bills that target job growth and finding a career path both for high school students and unemployed workers.
We're not only getting people back to work in Wisconsin, we're also looking at ways to bridge what's called the skills gap. State lawmakers and Governor Walker have heard from many business owners who have the jobs but don't have the applicants with the necessary skill set. Legislators are addressing that problem by passing important legislation that also looks to get students more interested in the skilled trades that need more workers. Two bills that address this skills gap became law this week. Governor Walker signed the pieces of legislation on Monday at Multi Products Inc. in Racine. One of the laws helps connect high school graduates to jobs by allowing high schools to offer technical education diplomas. Act 156 is meant to open up …
Friday, March 2, 2012
After moving into a new facility in the Grandview Business Park, Racine Metal-Fab is adding jobs. Gov. Walker says with manufacturing solid and growing in Wisconsin, he needs our help promoting the possibilities to young people.
Update, 10 am March 4: Wages at Racine Metal-Fab are higher than the minimum requirements under the tax credit program. According to Dean Popek, chief financial officer at Racine Metal-Fab (RMF), wages for new employees hired under the tax credit program must start at a minimum of $10.85 per hour, which is 1-1/2 times the current minimum wage. Hourly wages at Racine Metal-Fab are higher than the $10.85, depending on the position and current skill set of the individual employee. "Starting pay at RMF is dependent upon the position and skills required," he told Patch via email. "Our starting wage is higher than this rate but, again, it depends upon the position and skills required." RMF sets its wages to be competitive with similar-sized …