Training helps companies improve the skills of their existing workforce. Wisconsin Job Centers and regional Workforce Development Boards coordinate with businesses to create programs can meet the unique needs of specific companies or industry clusters.
Funding for incumbent worker programs, while limited, involves partnering with community, business, government organizations to combine funding from various public, private, and grant sources. Contact your local Wisconsin Job Center for more information.
Apprenticeships are programs in which one learns an occupation through a combination of on-the-job training and specialized classroom training. There are over 250 apprenticed occupations.
Youth Apprenticeships are for high school students who want to experience hands on learning at the worksite in conjunction with classroom instruction.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) job-training programs serve eligible adults, dislocated workers, and in-school and out-of school youth, who may be granted an Individual Training Account (ITA). Training providers and programs of instructions are selected from a Statewide List of Eligible Training Providers and Programs. Other training options, such as on-the-job training, are available in some locations.
Dislocated Worker programs help employers when staff reductions, business closings and mass layoffs occur. Assistance is available to all unemployed workers and additional help may be available to "dislocated workers." A person may be considered a "dislocated worker" following a layoff, notice of termination or layoff, or unemployment due to economic conditions or natural disaster.
Wisconsin Works (W-2). The W-2 agency, in cooperation with the local Job Center, can help identify individuals who want to work for your company, but may need some additional help when entering the work force, such as training or mentoring. The W-2 Trial Job program offers employers subsidies of up to $300 a month to offset these costs. Community Service Jobs and W-2 Transition placements are designed to provide meaningful, real-life work activities for individuals who need to practice the work habits and skills.