New state program aiming to connect workers with jobs
MILTON--When ANGI Energy Systems expands and relocates to Janesville in the next couple of months, participants in a new state jobs program could fill some of the company’s 25 new positions. Dubbed “Wisconsin Workers Win,” the program is designed to reduce unemployment in three hard-hit Wisconsin areas, including Rock County.
Starting in June, the one-year pilot program will enable 500 people who are in their first 20 weeks of collecting regular unemployment insurance benefits to participate in a six-week training placement with participating employers.
In addition to receiving benefits, trainees will receive $75 weekly stipends to defray costs such as travel and child care.
The stipends and continued benefits will cut costs for participating employers and provide claimants opportunities to train before being hired, said Reggie Newson, secretary of the state’s Department of Workforce Development.
Employers will pay training costs, and the goal is to turn training into full-time employment, Newson said.
Newson was at ANGI on Tuesday to unveil the program, which will be serviced locally by Community Action of Rock and Walworth Counties.
Lisa Furseth, executive director, said Community Action would work with area employers and those receiving unemployment benefits to get people into the program.
“We have several programs already available to help people get a job and build a better life,” Furseth said. “This is another tool in our toolbox to help do that.”
Community Action bid to participate locally and learned last week of its selection.
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