Newson touts W3 program in visit to GenMet Corp.

In a tour of GenMet Corp. in Mequon, Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson encouraged Wisconsin employers to take part in the new Wisconsin Workers Win (W3) pilot program to match unemployed individuals with six-week training placements.

The objective of the W-3 program, part of Gov. Scott Walker’s ‘Wisconsin Working’ plan, is to prepare unemployed people for the workplace. W3 enables Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants to participate in a limited-term training placement at a prospective employer. The program will be open to residents on a pilot basis in three workforce development areas in Wisconsin and will serve approximately 500 state residents.

“W-3 is an innovative program that will provide an opportunity for state residents to train and gain skills, with the end goal of full-time employment,” Newson said in a press release.

In addition to receiving UI benefits, participating trainees will receive a $75 weekly stipend to defray costs associated with participating in training. The stipend and continued UI benefits will save costs for participating employers that would otherwise compensate trainees with wages during the training period.
GenMet, a metal fabrication business, is one of the participating companies. GenMet President Mary Isbister, who serves as vice chair of the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment, said the company looks forward to providing training opportunities to those interested in a career in manufacturing.

“As an employer in Wisconsin, this program will help to ensure that we can find the workers we need to prosper as a business,” Isbister said. “Our biggest concern as a company is finding qualified employees.

The enabling legislation received bipartisan support in both houses of the legislature. Newson said DWD expects to begin formally soliciting employers and UI claimants over the next few months.
For more information or to register interest, Wisconsin employers can visit the DWD website.

Milwaukee Manufacturing Career Expo

Newson urged Milwaukee area employers to sign up for the 2012 Milwaukee Manufacturing Career Expo, which will be held on Thursday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Exposition Center at State Fair Park. He also urged job seekers to sign up today, noting employers have hundreds of job openings to fill.
“If you’re a job seeker looking for a new opportunity, sign up today for the Career Expo and meet manufacturers from the Milwaukee area that have jobs to fill,” Newson said. “This is a great chance to meet directly with employers and to demonstrate that you are work-ready.”
Milwaukee area manufacturers have until Monday, April 30, to register. They can access information and download the registration form the Wisconsin Career Expo website. Newson also stressed the importance of job seekers acting now to get the necessary admission ticket and avoiding a pre-registration rush the final days before the career expo.

Registration takes three steps:

  • Visit, and either register with the DWD online  employment site or, if already registered, update information as necessary;  
  • Use the site’s “Job Seeker  Tools” to create or update a resume, take a self assessment survey, save and  print copies of both for the final step;
  • Complete a one-on-one session  with an employment specialist, who will review the resume and assessment  results and cover potential steps in the job application process before  issuing an admission ticket. A list with times and locations to complete these sessions is available through the Job Center website.