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Project Milwaukee
10:29 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Manpower Measures the "Talent Shortage"

Skilled welders are among the professions most in demand, according to many business surveys.
Barnshaws, Flickr

All this week, we're examining the so-called "skills gap" - the apparent mismatch between employers with jobs to fill, and the pool of unemployed or underemployed workers that exists in southeastern Wisconsin - and around the country.

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Project Milwaukee
10:25 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Businesses Adapt to Lack of Qualified Workers

Chris Hoeppner works on a machine that bends metal at Waukesha Metal Products in Grafton.

Businesses in Wisconsin have been adapting to the fact they cannot always find the qualified employees they need. The skills gap has been affecting industries from manufacturing to health care. In today’s installment of our series Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis visited several companies to learn about the impact the skills shortage is having on them.

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Project Milwaukee
10:18 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Skills Gap, or Training Gap?

Peter Cappelli is a professor of management at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

All this week, we’re talking about what many have described as the “skills gap” that’s opened up in this country – the disconnect between employers who have job open, many in highly skilled manufacturing trades, and the millions of unemployed or underemployed people in this country.

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Project Milwaukee
10:14 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Milwaukee's Skills Gap: An Overview

Biz Times Milwaukee recently featured the skills gap as its cover story.

The perceived skills gap has been everywhere, it seems. The State of Wisconsin set out to study it and find solutions for connecting unemployed workers with existing jobs.

The Urban Economic Development Association will convene its annual summit to discuss it next week. And newspapers and magazines have devoted hundreds of column inches to exploring why this supposed gap has opened up.

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Project Milwaukee
10:11 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Was There a Skills Gap In the Manufacturing Boom?

Historian John Gurda says in Milwaukee's industrial boom years, new employees got up to speed almost entirely by on-the-job training.
Credit Wisconsin Historical Society

Our Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted series this week is exploring the realities and myths of the "skills gap," the apparent mismatch between unemployed workers and existing jobs.

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Project Milwaukee
10:08 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Manufacturing Jobs Lost Their Luster

Desert Aire worker puts in extra hours to push a product to customer.

While Wisconsin continues shaking off the recession, thousands of workers still don’t have jobs. Yet businesses, particularly manufacturers, report having a difficult time filling certain positions. Several people actively addressing the problem defined it from their perspective.

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Project Milwaukee
10:04 am
Mon October 29, 2012

When Jobs and Workers Went Hand in Hand

Workers at Falk Corporation in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley pose next to a large piece of industrial equipment. The company was established in 1894, and remains in the Valley today.
Credit Historic Photo Collection / Milwaukee Public Library

Many people are looking for work, while at the same time some employers say they can’t find skilled applicants to fill jobs. We’re reporting on the “skills gap” this week in our series, Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted.

The disconnect between jobs and workers is a relatively new phenomenon in Milwaukee. During the city’s manufacturing heyday, from the late 1800s until the 1970s, there were thousands of jobs in the Menomonee Valley alone – and a steady stream of workers to fill them.

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Civil War
2:47 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Vicksburg: the Eighth Wisconsin Enters the Western Theater of the Civil War

William Tecumsah Sherman

Throughout the fall of 1862, Wisconsin soldiers were making a name for themselves for their ferocious fighting in several major battles - most notably the Black Hats of the West gained their better known moninker The Iron Brigade after an epic battle at Sout Mountain 150 years ago last month.

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Regional
2:06 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Bill Locher: "It's Much More Than Just Driving a Bus"

A cartoon depiction of Bill Locher's son David - now a driver himself - boarding his dad's bus as a boy.
Credit Bill Locher

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Bill Locher.

Those of us who ride the bus on a regular basis take it for granted that the man – or woman – behind the wheel is going to get us where we’re going safely.  But few of us give much thought to the driver and what he or she does, aside from stopping the bus, opening the doors, and accepting fares.

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Project Milwaukee
10:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Series Preview

Listen to Project Milwaukee reports beginning Monday, Oct. 29, and join us for community forum at MATC on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

There’s been increasing talk lately about the “skills gap” – the phenomenon of employers unable to find skilled workers. WUWM examines the issue in the series Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted.

The stories will air all next week on Morning Edition, Lake Effect and All Things Considered. WUWM also will host a community forum at MATC on Tuesday Oct. 30. We’ll ask expert panelists and audience members to talk about the role government, educators and other groups have, in connecting workers and jobs.

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