BELOIT – AT&T has announced a $5,000 AT&T Wisconsin Innovation & Investment Award to support the Work Today program and help connect job seekers with employers.
The goal of Work Today is to connect an active, talent-driven job matching effort with subsidized employment, linking employers with open jobs to local candidates. The initiative is also focused on addressing the “skills gap” where employers have vacancies, but the available candidates lack the required job skills.
Employers in the Beloit area are encountering the “skills gap” more often, particularly in manufacturing, as the region’s workforce ages. To address these challenges, the program focuses on a three-pronged approach: 1) recruiting employers with open jobs into an employment alliance; 2) identifying local job candidates capable of filling those jobs; and 3) providing work-based learning on specific job skills.
Work Today is a partnership between the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, Community Action, Inc., the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce, and Manpower.
“Not only does this program focus on connecting employers to local candidates, but it also helps develop the specific job skills that companies are looking for,” said State Rep. Deb Kolste (D-Janesville). “Work Today is a great example of workforce development, chamber and business leaders all coming together to build a 21st Century economy in southwest Wisconsin.”
“This program is an exciting and innovative approach to connecting job seekers with employers,” said State Rep. Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville). “In a community where unemployment has consistently been higher than the national and state averages, our top priority must continue to be connecting residents with good jobs.”
The AT&T Wisconsin Innovation & Investment Award program provides funding to organizations and programs that improve the community by: advancing education, enhancing the environment, promoting economic development, or delivering other community services.
“AT&T is proud to support the efforts of Beloit leaders to come up with innovative ways to develop the local workforce and meet the needs of employers,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “As a company, we are committed to workforce and economic development, and this program is a great way to support both.”