- Program Education
- Program Area Expanding Economic Opportunity
- Grant Amount $500,000
- Grant Period April 1, 2003–February 28, 2005
- Location Milwaukee, WI, United States
- Geographic Focus Milwaukee
About this grant
While assisting low-income and unemployed people to find jobs with little preparation or skill building is effective in a demand-driven economy, sectoral employment development suggests that developing skills in specific industries can aid job retention and wage growth when the economy slows. Even in recessionary times, there is a need for skilled workers.Multiyear funding will support a performance evaluation on the impact of sectoral employment training. Results of the evaluation will be used to inform public policy on the effectiveness of sectoral employment training. Specific objectives include enrolling 450 low-income participants in healthcare, construction or manufacturing training; referring 450 low-income participants seeking healthcare, construction or manufacturing training to other programs in the community; placing 90 percent or more of the graduates into employment paying an average of $11 per hour; and assisting at least 266 of the placed employees to retain their jobs or advance to other jobs in their industry after 24 months of employment.Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership is a membership organization of employers and union that is dedicated to family-supporting jobs in the greater Milwaukee area. The partnership offers career-training opportunities to low-income and unemployed community residents. It is one of three national demonstration sites selected for the evaluation.