Friday, July 6, 2012
TIME for Collaboration
From left to right: Dale P. Kooyenga, Wisconsin Legislator-14th Assembly District Representative; Reggie Newson, Secretary, State of Wisconsin - DWD; Carrie Hersh, Program Manager -WRTP/BIG STEP; Joe Nicosia, Industry Representative -WRTP/BIG STEP; Rebecca Kleefisch, Lieutenant Governor - State of Wisconsin; Rhandi Berth, Vice President - WRTP/BIG STEP; Francisco "Paco" Sanchez, President - WOW Workforce Development Inc.; Dr. Barbara Prindiville, President - Waukesha County Technical College; Bryan Obst, Corporate Recruiter for Trace-A-Matic Corporation; and Ed Graunke, Operations Manager for Trace-A-Matic Corporation.
Today we celebrate new beginnings. New beginnings for businesses, new beginnings for people's lives and their families, new beginnings for collaboration and new beginnings for workforce, economic and business development. Those individuals shown above, along with many others, are a prime example of what can be accomplished by working together.
We come together today for the graduation of 11 customized training graduates. 11 graduates, whom before were unemployed. 11 graduates who stuck it out through the course of a grueling training period. 11 graduates (8 men and 3 women) who will be joining the manufacturing workforce! Congratulations to you and I wish you all the very best of luck.
A brief informative workshop to explain this collaborative success:
It all starts with the company; more specifically, a company that is hiring. A company that cannot find the skilled workers that they need. A company willing to work with others; and, a company that wants to grow. Yes, Trace-A-Matic (traceamatic.com), is the driving force behind this project. Recruitment efforts through the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP) is where our students came from. WRTP performs an in-depth recruiting process- sometimes starting with as many as 300 potential candidates.
The company is established (Trace-A-Matic), the needs are identifed (CNC Machinists), and now we dip into the pots of two substantial forms of grant money available; TIME and WIA funding. It is through the WIA funding that these individuals are sent to school, to be trained, absolutely free. While in the customized program, these individuals perform on the job shadowing at their soon-to-be employers; as well as training on machines and coursework, specific to what their job will entail.
Once the individuals graduate (8-12 weeks: in this case- 8 weeks), they start their new job with (TIME) on-the-job training dollars. The employer will be reimbursed a portion of each new hires training salary during a clearly defined training period
To make it short and sweet; Employers are getting freshly trained workers, trained specific to that companies unique skillsets, as well as receiving between $4-5,000 in training reimbursement (per each new hire). None of this is costing the Employer a dime; in fact, if you read that correctly- they are making money while gaining fresh talent.
Sound familiar? This is our second successful project that has put people to work: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/barrett-to-unveil-customtailored-job-training-plan-v545b5t-139166399.html
There is training currently in session and several more in the works. If you would like to know more about how it works, just ask. For now- It's TIME to celebrate some success. Have a great weekend!
Posted by Employer Relations at 12:10 PM