MILWAUKEE — Department of Workforce Development secretary Reggie Newson announced Tuesday, May 22nd, two new providers to help administer the Wisconsin Workers Win (W3) pilot program, beginning in June and lasting for one year.
The providers include UMOS – a non-profit organization based in Milwaukee, which will operate the program in Milwaukee, and Racine County Human Services, which will operate the program in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties.
The W3 program is a pilot program that looks to match-up unemployed workers with six-week training at an employer in workforce development areas.
“This program will take individuals receiving unemployment insurance in the state of Wisconsin and take them through a six-week training program with employers. The employers have the opportunity to kick the tires if you will, of the individual claimants who are receiving unemployment insurance,” Newson said.
Selected providers will oversee operational elements of the program and will work directly with participating employers and job seekers to match and place W3 trainees based on location, identified skills and other factors.
The providers were among bidders that responded to a request for proposals that DWD issued in April, and they were notified last week of DWD’s intent to award contracts to them based on their proposals.
The W3 program was co-authored by Representative Mark Honadel of South Milwaukee and Senator Van Wanggaard of Racine and included as a part of Governor Walker’s “Wisconsin Working” plan. The program was signed into law as Act 123 by Governor Walker in March 2012.
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