When it comes to retaining and attracting workers in our state and region, it takes a village – as it should. When employers aren’t able to keep and recruit the talent they need to remain competitive and grow, the success of entire communities is also on the line. This is why the Fox Cities Regional Partnership (FCRP) is committed to developing and promoting workforce initiatives that help create new jobs, as well as fill available positions.
The Office of U S. Senator Ron Johnson approached FCRP last December with an intriguing workforce training initiative called “The Joseph Project.” At its core, the program seeks to connect individuals who are willing and able to work, with job opportunities available in their own communities. The Joseph Project requires a partnership between a community-based, grass roots organization – such as a local Church – a business service provider – such as FCRP – and local employers in need of entry-level employees. The goal is to recruit individuals with some type of a barrier to employment – i.e. lack of transportation, a proper resume, or job interview skills – into a week-long, soft skills training program provided by the Senator’s staff at no cost to the participants. Participating employers are then invited to attend the last day of “class” to conduct on-site job interviews and make offers to those folks who they believe are ready to work at their companies. To find out more about this initiative’s pilot session in Milwaukee, click here.
FCRP reached out to Tundraland, a growing Kaukauna-based home improvement company, which was successful in hiring a program participant. “At Tundraland, we believe in giving people who can and want to work a hand up,” said Brian Gottlieb, president of the company. “We were interested in participating in this program soon after we heard about it, and we actually hired one person. We appreciate the Fox Cities Regional Partnership reaching out to us and connecting local employers to solution-based initiatives like this.”