MADISON — A new
award program has been created to celebrate people who
have overcome significant barriers to employment and to
recognize the employers who hire them.
Nominations for the
Wisconsin Job Honor Awards must be submitted by Oct. 15
through the organizations website,
Specific instructions and legal terms are also available
“The Wisconsin Job
Honor Award is one more way to recognize employers and
employees who have bridged the desire to work, with the
appropriate skill set, to fill in-demand positions,”
Gov. Scott Walker said in a statement. “With proper
training and necessary resources, people with the desire
to work can overcome the obstacles that stand in the way
of the freedom, independence, and confidence that comes
from having a job."
Examples of common
barriers to employment include disabilities, lack of
transportation, drug addiction, poverty, and a need for
skills that are in demand by employers.
The first American
Job Honor Awards were launched in Iowa in 2014, and have
expanded to Wisconsin this year under the sponsorship of
ManpowerGroup. Top employee honorees will bring home
$500 each, and winners in both the employee and employer
categories will receive engraved awards.