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Milwaukee workforce to take spotlight at event

Ray Allen is the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development secretary

Ray Allen is the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development secretary

As a Milwaukee native who takes great pride in the city’s sense of value, friendship and commitment to community, I am pleased to announce that the Department of Workforce Development will bring Job Center Services to specific Milwaukee neighborhoods through its Job Center Access Points.

The first event will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Employ Milwaukee, 2338 North 27th St. If you happen to have a resume on paper or a flash drive, please feel free to bring it along with you to the event.

As the appointed secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, I have the opportunity to draw attention to the resources available to help strengthen the workforce in Milwaukee. Building on the millions of dollars invested through the Transform Milwaukee Initiative, Gov. Scott Walker recently announced an additional $4.5 million investment in Milwaukee. Much of the money will be used to help make more people aware of DWD programs and services and to develop the workforce and communities in Milwaukee.

The DWD has had a strong presence in Milwaukee, both through our neighborhood job centers and our partner locations, which serve thousands of people a year. This new initiative mobilizes those services in an effort to bring them to local communities using what are known as Job Center Access Points.

On hand at these access points will be various skilled employment and training specialists charged with helping job seekers register on the Job Center of Wisconsin website and providing job-skill assessments and advice on writing resumes and preparing for a job interview. After an initial registration and assessment, job seekers will be referred to available services and partner agencies that can assist with job training or additional placement needs.

The DWD helps thousands of job seekers every year find gainful employment and job training, regardless of employment barriers or their work experiences. The DWD and our staff will provide all those who attend with the means of finding gainful employment opportunities or training that leads to gainful employment. Still, it will be up to job seekers themselves to act on what they learn at the Job Center Access Point event, take full advantage of the services offered and pursue the good-paying job opportunities that Milwaukee employers have available.

Bringing Job Center Access Point services to specific neighborhoods is an essential next step as we work to strengthen Milwaukee, develop the city’s workforce and build a strong talent pool for Milwaukee employers.

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