Our Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted forum recorded Tuesday evening at Milwaukee Area Technical College, included a 45-minute question and answer session between the audience and our six panel members, which we present here in its entirety.
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.
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.
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.