Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted

Uncovering the Truth Behind Wisconsin's Skills Gap

Ask local employers about the biggest challenge they face, and quite a few will cite the “skills gap.” Businesses say not enough local workers are prepared to fill skilled positions, a problem that only will worsen as Baby Boomers retire. From workers’ perspective, some jobs are not attractive, because they present no career track.

WUWM explored the disconnect between employers and workers in the series Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted. WUWM News reporters and Lake Effect producers addressed the skills gap, including its impact on the community and what leaders are doing to tackle the problem.

Expert panelists and audience members weighed in at a community forum in October of 2012 at MATC's downtown campus. The event focused on what role government, educators and other groups have in connecting workers and jobs.

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Project Milwaukee
11:27 am
Sat November 3, 2012

How Green Jobs Fit In the Skills and Employment Gap

Site of one of the homes deconstructed along the Kinnickinnic as area is prepared for river restoration. Milwaukee Builds trainees helped make that deconstruction happen.

The skills and employment gap is a complex problem. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence set out on an equally complex path to discover how “green” jobs figure into the equation and how they might figure into the city’s future.

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Project Milwaukee
11:57 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted - Forum Audience Q&A

Project Milwaukee: Help Wanted Forum
Susan Ruggles/ MATC

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.

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Project Milwaukee
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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