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According to the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, a workforce partnership needs to be results-driven, entrepreneurial, and worthy of trust from employers and workers.  Workforce partnerships serve a wide range of jobseekers, but are especially attuned to the needs of lower-skilled, lower wage workers.

A workforce partnership must have two core elements:

  • All training programs are designed in close collaboration with employers.
  • The focus is just not on preparing jobseekers and entry-level employees for work – but for careers.

Since 2008, the Milwaukee Area Workforce Funding Alliance has supported a number of

Workforce Partnerships in eight industry sectors, with input from - and participant

placement with - hundreds of employers:

Sector            Parks, Grounds & Maintenance

Partners         Milwaukee County Parks, Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership

Sector            Energy Efficient Construction

Partners         Milwaukee Builds:  Northcott Neighborhood House,

                      Milwaukee Community Service Corps, Milwaukee Christian Center, Milwaukee Area Technical College

                      Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership,City of Milwaukee - Housing Authority and Community Development Grants Administration


Sector            Urban Forestry & Utilities

Partners         City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works, Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership


Sector            Automotive Maintenance & Alternative Fuels

Partners         Wisconsin Auto & Truck Dealers Association Foundation,

                      Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee Community Service Corps,City of Milwaukee - Housing Authority and Community Development Grants Administration


Sector            Healthcare

Partners         Milwaukee Area Health Alliance:  YWCA of Southeastern Wisconsin,

                      Milwaukee Area Health Education Center,
Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board


Sector            Green Trades

Partners         Wisconsin Community Services


Sector            Manufacturing

Partners         Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership, Riverworks Industrial Council


Sector            Construction

Partners         Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership