Mishefske works on a home remodeling project in Wauwatosa on
Thursday. A Hartford resident, Mishefske took advantage of
Workforce Development training to obtain a job he loves.
PEWAUKEE - For more than 20 years the Workforce Development
Center in Pewaukee has been connecting workers and jobs, often
by giving them learning and employment opportunities. One group
that hasn’t received as much attention due to lack of funding is
workers in the 18-to-24-year age range.
month, legislation allocated more money toward educating these
young workers and getting them employed.
Sanchez, president of the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce
Development Board, said not only must area companies address the
skills gap, but must also prepare for a labor shortage.
things together can really stop the growth of any county,
obviously including Waukesha County,” Sanchez said.
combat the future problem, Workforce Development is using the
new funding to create individual plans for unemployed or
underemployed workers ages 18 to 24.
“We have not
tapped into that population as far as we should because we
really haven’t had the funding,” Sanchez said.
Workforce Development Board is looking for people in this age
group who need help with obtaining their high school diplomas,
need to improve their resumes or are seeking better-paying jobs.
Them, Workforce Development staff will assess the person’s
strengths and weaknesses and develop a program for that
individual that may focus more on soft skills, such as coming to
work on time and proper dress, or technical skills or other
“What we are
trying to do is provide things that they are interested in,”
Sanchez said. “One of the things that they are interested in is
It might be
hard for many to get a job because they lack past work
experiences. Workforce Development, therefore, will pay an
employer to train the worker so he can get experience and skills
while building his resume.
willing to pay them and put them to work so they can gain that
experience. It’s not so much about learning technical skills but
what employers for years have been calling soft skills,” Sanchez
Mishefske of Hartford took advantage of the training that
Workforce Development offered and now has a job he loves
said he learned about the center and what it could do for him
from his father, who learned about the Workforce Development
Center on the radio. While working with WOW Workforce
Development Board as part of the Workforce Innovation and
Opportunity Act, Mishefske made connections and find job
opportunities. In addition, he was paid every month, which
helped him greatly. He also participated in a career path
session at Waukesha County Technical College.
encourages others who find themselves underemployed or
unemployed to seek out WOW Workforce Development Board’s help.
he understands that most of the participants want to see results
give them the opportunity to get to earn a high school diploma
and go to work to get trained or combined with on-the-job
training,” he said. “We are trying to open their eyes and say
there are opportunities for you and a career path.”
more, go to www.wowwdb.org.
Waukesha County residents can call 262-695-7880 while Washington
County residents can call 262-335-5300 and Ozaukee County
residents can call 262-238-2880.