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Although technology advancements are replacing many of the manufacturing workers, there is still a need for professionals in the industry. Between 2014 and 2024, the number of manufacturing jobs available will increase by 3%, adding 1,638 jobs to South Central Wisconsin alone [1].

Building the Region's Talent for Industry Growth

Workforce demographics dictate that in the long-term, there will be a need for more trained workers in Wisconsin. Manufacturing will continue to be a key source of employment in the state because the industry's careers are some of the best-paying, non-managerial jobs, especially for workers with less than a 4-year college degree.

Our Work in Action

Manufacturing Councils

The Workforce Development Board continues to engage in industry partnerships to ensure the available workforce in South Central Wisconsin is equipped with the skills for the industry. As active members of the region's manufacturing councils, we're constantly listening to the needs of industry and continue to work with businesses, education partners and communities to identify workforce solutions that work.

If your company is interested in attending a manufacturing council meeting, give us a call. We'll connect you to a council in your area where you can network with other manufacturers and learn about economic and workforce development initiatives of value to your organization.

Manufacturing Campaign

We collaborated with the Dodge County Manufacturing Business Alliance in response to a demand for more skilled workers in manufacturing in our region. Together, we created Manufacturing Campaign_Poster_24x36_123014the ManUfacturing Campaign to show students, parents, and educators in the Dodge County area that there are good-paying jobs and long-term careers in manufacturing. The campaign site features resources, videos, and the starting-, mid-, and advanced-level career opportunities available today.

Middle College

We're develCNC-Machine-with-Instructor-and-Studentoping the region's talent pipeline with workforce development initiatives like Middle College. The program prepares high school seniors for work in healthcare, manufacturing, or culinary arts with technical college training and work readiness through work experience placements with local companies.

Since 2010, we've collaborated with manufacturing companies in our six counties to offer Middle College students industry tours and work experience options. This lets them explore career opportunities that are available in the region's manufacturing industry. Give us a call to find out how your company can play an active role in preparing our young workers to be successful in the industry.

[1] WorkNet: Industry Projections