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11:54 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted - The Forum

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted Forum
Susan Ruggles/ MATC

All this week on WUWM, we've been trying to get to the heart of the so-called "skills gap" in Wisconsin - the divide between unemployed and underemployed workers and existing jobs in the region. It's a series we call Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted.

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Project Milwaukee
11:31 am
Fri November 2, 2012

For Some, the Transportation Gap is Bigger than the Skills Gap

Many workers rely on the bus to get to work. Others don't have that option, if their home or job is not close to a bus line.

WUWM has been reporting this week on the disconnect between job seekers and job openings – a phenomenon known as the “skills gap.”

However, the barrier for some workers is not a lack of skills, but rather, transportation. Some worksites are not located on a bus line, so those positions might not work for people without a car. In other instances, job seekers have lost driving privileges.

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Project Milwaukee
11:22 am
Fri November 2, 2012

WUWM Forum Highlights

The Project Milwaukee series featured a community forum at MATC.

All this week, WUWM has been exploring the skills gap, in our series Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted.

Our project included a public forum on the downtown campus of MATC. Experts from different perspectives offered solutions for spanning the disconnect between people looking for work, and the jobs available.

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Project Milwaukee
11:18 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Government's Role in Closing the Skills Gap

Dozens of job seekers speak with potential employers at a fair on Milwaukee's north side.

All this week, WUWM has been reporting on the skills gap – the challenge employers say they face in finding skilled workers. We’ve also visited programs that provide training. They range from teaching technical skills, down to basic job readiness habits. As our series, Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted concludes, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson sought opinions on the role government should play in addressing skills shortages.

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Project Milwaukee
11:13 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Immigration Reform Touted as Way to Close Skills Gap

Employers say immigration reform could help close skills gap.

We conclude our Project Milwaukee series Friday on the skills gap. One solution some business people have suggested is immigration reform. For instance, a company owner told WUWM’s LaToya Dennis that he would have an easier time filling jobs, if the U.S. would grant permanent residency to skilled immigrants, including the students educated here. Milwaukee Attorney Jose Oliviera told LaToya that there is no fast or simple way for immigrant workers to remain here, even if employers need them.

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Project Milwaukee
11:11 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Summit Seeks to Put Empathy Into the Jobs Equation

Call it a skills gap – or an employment gap – or even a training gap. The reality is there are thousands of unemployed Milwaukeeans, many of them in the central city. For whatever reason, they’re not connecting with the existing unfilled jobs available.

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Project Milwaukee
11:08 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Investigating the Employment Gap in Milwaukee's Inner City

Thousands of jobs have left inner city Milwaukee, and few have come back in the slow economic recovery.
Credit Corydalus, Flickr

This week's Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted series has been looking at the so-called skills gap in Wisconsin - the divide between unemployed and underemployed workers and the jobs that exist but go unfilled.

Nowhere in Wisconsin is the employment issue greater than in Milwaukee's Central City, where the number of employed residents dropped by half between 1970 and 2000, and where unemployment rates currently dwarf those found in the surrounding areas. It's an issue that UW-Milwaukee's Center for Economic Development has tracked closely.

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Project Milwaukee
10:56 am
Thu November 1, 2012

How Does Green Fit in the Skills Gap Puzzle

Ingeteam's state of the art plant hungry for skilled lean manufacturing workers.

All week, WUWM has been digging into the complexities of the skills gap.

Our journalists have gathered the perspectives employers hungry to hire AND of workers eager to land good paying jobs.

Environmental Reporter Susan Bence sets out to learn if “skills gap” applies to local green industry.

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Project Milwaukee
10:51 am
Thu November 1, 2012

What's Working, Missing in Efforts to Address Skills Gap

From left, 17-year-old Steven Sarwas, 17-year-old Richard Guetzke, 18-year-old Mark Anton. The high school students are preparing for high-skilled jobs through a program called Second Chance Partners.
Credit Erin Toner

As we’ve been reporting this week, Wisconsin employers say they have plenty of decent-paying jobs open, but cannot find qualified workers. And the skills gap or shortage is expected to grow, as experienced baby-boomers retire. WUWM’s Erin Toner has Thursday’s installment of our series, Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted. She observed programs successfully pumping skilled job applicants into the pipeline. Yet she learned, that what’s working – is also what’s missing.

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Politics & Government
1:29 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

America's Role in the World: A Conversation with Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The presidential election is less than a week away, and foreign policy: America’s place, and role, in the world, will be a key part of the job for whichever administration takes office in January.

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