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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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