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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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Project Milwaukee
10:47 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Workers Follow Different Paths to Build Skills For New Jobs

A worker operates a plastics molding machine at Pereles Bros. in Milwaukee. The company crafted its own training program for workers.

Businesses in the Milwaukee area say there are not enough skilled workers to fill available jobs.

We heard about that frustration Tuesday when WUWM’s LaToya Dennis spoke with local managers. Today, in our Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted series, we learn how people seeking jobs are striving to acquire the skills needed.

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Project Milwaukee
10:44 am
Wed October 31, 2012

The Girl Scouts Study Girls' Attitudes Toward the STEM Fields

The challenges and efforts to bridge the employment gap among workers generally are at the lower end of the skills spectrum. But as we've heard during our series this week, employers are reporting the greatest degree of challenge in filling jobs requiring highly specialized skills. Jobs requiring engineering, chemistry, biology, or computer science skills often can't be filled with on-the-job or certificate level training.

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Project Milwaukee
10:41 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Training Workers in "Soft Skills"

As we heard in our last segment, the skills gap - as it affects workers in the Milwaukee area - is about both highly skilled workers and people with lesser skills. And while some employers are looking for workers with very specialized experience, nearly all employers say they need workers with so-called "soft skills" - a good and reliable work ethic, ability to learn and adapt to a job, and good communication skill. But even those skills are lacking in some workers. And so a local foundation - generally known more for its work in aging and childhood issues - has added support for workforce development in the inner city to its priorities.

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Project Milwaukee
10:39 am
Wed October 31, 2012

The HIRE Center Helps Workers Retrain

HIRE Center logo

All this week on Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted, we’re exploring the so-called skills gap and ways area business, governments, and workers are addressing it. Today on Lake Effect, we’re focusing on the workers themselves and will begin with a roundtable conversation with people at the HIRE Center, which is located inside Milwaukee Enterprise Center-South at 8th and National.

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