GOAL: Develop skilled & adaptive life-long learners
MMAC's Blueprint for Economic Prosperity
Objective: Develop and attract life-long learners
Objective: Develop and attract life-long learners
This past year, M7/MMAC convened a manufacturing talent roundtable to collaborate on innovative talent solutions.
Employers draw talent from four pools:
While too many people in the Milwaukee Region are on the sidelines of the work force, companies can’t find enough employees to fill open positions. This skills gap must be addressed for people and companies to reach their maximum potential.
The talent shortage is here in Southeastern Wisconsin – and it isn’t going to improve without significant efforts on several fronts.
While our economy continues to grow at a healthy pace, our pool of available workers is stagnating. It is an issue that requires interventions at every stage – and as employers, we can do more together than any one of us can do alone.
We saw this in the MMAC/Milwaukee7 Manufacturing Talent Roundtable, a collaboration among more than 40 companies to design programming solutions to shared talent challenges. The first program to be developed through this collaboration, CareerX, launched in fall 2019. CareerX is a year-long pilot program that connects manufacturers with high schools to make teachers and their students aware of rewarding careers in advanced manufacturing.
This process can be replicated to create additional employer-led talent solutions across a wide range of industry sectors and talent pools.
To continue these efforts, MMAC and the Milwaukee 7 launched a Talent and Industry Partnership. By re-deploying our in-house resources, we will amplify existing efforts and launch new programming to help companies attract, retain and train workers.
“I admit I had some uncertainty about working with my competitors. Could we really collaborate with the same companies we compete with to hire the best talent? The answer, I’m happy to report, is yes. We discovered we can do more together than any of us can do alone.”
Head of Integrated Talent Management, HellermannTyton
Participant in the Manufacturing
Objective: Increase educational attainment and inspire the next generation of our work force.
- Ensure equity in per pupil funding across school sectors — Public, Choice and Charter.
- Expand the capacity at high-performing schools in Milwaukee so more students have access to high-quality educational opportunities.
- Tie school funding to academic performance so resources can be directed to successful schools.
- Ensure fair disbursement of independent charter funding by charter authorizers.
- Fully fund K4 education for low-income students.
- Partner with HERA, the Higher Education Regional Alliance, to better align industry needs with the programming that technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities offer to students.
- Implement consolidation and coordination across University of Wisconsin 2- and 4-year schools to make the system more seamless.
Objective: Develop and retain talented employees through skill building and engagement.
- Launch an employer-led coalition to change how current employees access new skills. Develop short-term stackable credentials that are transferable, delivered on the job and paid for by employers.
- Support employers’ diversity and inclusion efforts by hosting a series of Cultural Competency workshops for early- to mid-career managers and human resource professionals.
- Highlight civic engagement among young professionals with a series of non-partisan dinners and talks about how local government works and how citizens can get more involved.
Objective: Help companies bring more residents into our work force, including those who did not complete high school and formerly incarcerated people
- Achieve criminal record expungement reforms that facilitate reintegration of ex-offenders into the workforce through changes that clarify the expungement process, more actively incent sustained rehabilitation and limit liability exposure for employers who hire ex-offenders.
- Continue to seek fair, legal pathways to education, employment and citizenship for undocumented immigrants residing in our region.
Out of market
Objective: Promote and market jobs and quality of life to talented workers outside the region.
- Achieve immigration reform that both secures U.S. borders and allows for greater lawful access foreign workers in high-demand professions.
- Through FUEL Milwaukee, help interns and new-to-Milwaukee recruits get engaged in the community with a series of educational and entertaining experiences.
Diversity & Inclusion
Objective: Address Metro Milwaukee’s significant racial prosperity gaps by attracting and advancing more African American and Hispanic employees, and creating more inclusive workplaces.
- Recruit additional companies to participate in the Region of Choice Pledge.
- Compile data to set a baseline and track progress.
- Convene representatives from participating companies to share best practices and recruiting strategies.
- Work with the African American Leadership Alliance of Milwaukee (AALAM) to improve the ecosystem for local African American professionals. Key goals include:
- Transforming the Milwaukee region into a global destination where everyone, regardless of race, can thrive and prosper.
- Increasing the income of African American professionals.
- Partnering with allies in the Milwaukee region to influence strategies that attract and retain diverse employees.
- Through support of the Hispanic Collaborative, address the following strategic priorities:
- Increase average median Hispanic household income by moving Hispanic residents into higher-paying, higher-skilled positions.
- Build economic power through entrepreneurism by leveraging startup programs, incubators, regional clusters and financing options to increase, strengthen and retain Hispanic-owned businesses.
- Increase civic participation and influence by increasing voting, public service and opportunities to shape policy.