W-O-W Workforce Development looking to help more youth

Freeman Staff

Aug. 6, 2015

PEWAUKEE - The Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board recently announced that it was extending its services to a younger group of individuals. This week, the organization issued a second call for people ages 16 to 24 without a high school diploma who would like to develop more work-related skills.

The WIOA Youth Program is designed to assist young adults residing in Waukesha, Ozaukee, or Washington counties achieve their educational and employment goals by developing a personalized plan with an assigned case manager. Participants enrolled in this program can take advantage of services including: high school completion support; post-secondary education and training; paid and unpaid work experiences; comprehensive guidance and counseling; leadership development activities; occupational skills training; and financial literacy education.

In July, legislation allocated more money to go toward educating these young workers and getting them employed. Workforce Development staff will assess a program participantís strengths and weaknesses and develop a program for that individual that may focus more on soft skills, such as showing up to work on time and proper dress, on technical skills or other important skills.

For many it might be hard to get a job because of a lack of past work experiences, so Workforce Development will pay an employer to train the worker in order for him to get experience, skills and to build his resume.

Those who are interested in learning more can contact Lauren Quinnies at the Workforce Development Center in Waukesha County at 262-695-8042 or lquinnies@wctc.edu or Cindy Hinckley at Workforce Development Center in Ozaukee & Washington County at 262-335-5309 or wdc_chinckley@morainepark.edu