First Wisconsin Job Honor Awards to be held

Freeman Staff

Sept. 23, 2015

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 online.

“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.