Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2021-04-30 13:49:47 –
The Department of Labor Development helps two companies in southeastern Wisconsin fund labor training and skills development in traditionally underserved communities.
ECStyberg Engineering Co in Racine. And Milwaukee-based Stowell Associates are the first two recipients of DWD’s new Workforce Equity Grants, made possible by a donation from the IKEA US Community Foundation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Foundation has donated $ 947,000 to DWD to address the workforce needs of southeastern Wisconsin, with a focus on improving racial equality in employment. The Foundation’s donations reflect the amount of Wisconsin unemployment benefits collected when a US employee at IKEA Retail closed a store at the start of the pandemic and dismissed the employee.
ECStyberg Engineering, a manufacturer of metal parts, has been awarded $ 306,190 to conduct a vocational training program in partnership with Gateway Technical College. The company will provide training to 14 current employees and 10 new employees in technical areas such as applied mathematics, CNC machining and machine maintenance. Full-time case managers also provide work preparation support, mentoring, and hands-on instruction. Program graduates receive benefits in addition to some industry-recognized certifications and wages of over $ 15 per hour. Racine County Workforce Solutions, a division of Racine County Human Services and Racine County Job Center, helps manage grants and hire new employees from poorly serviced people.
Stowell Associates provides long-term care services to elderly and disabled adults and their families in Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine, Walkisha and the surrounding area. Stowell’s $ 63,460 grant will help fund the Caregiver College and train 75 current employees and 25 new employees. The company works with the Southeastern Wisconsin Labor Development Commission (Kenosha) to hire individuals from underserved people.
DWD will accept more Workforce Equity Grants applications later this year.