Joseph Project creates opportunity for for workforce

Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation: Joseph Project creates opportunity for for workforce

Sheboygan County, WI – A key mission of the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) is to create proactive workforce recruitment campaigns in partnership with area firms. The SCEDC has partnered with the Pentecostals of Sheboygan County (POSC) to assist with the Joseph Project Sheboygan County, a faith-based workforce initiative that provides essential-skills training to help connect people to the career opportunities in Sheboygan County.

The Joseph Project started as a constituent service through the office of U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and became a collaboration with Pastor Jerome Smith of Greater Praise Church of God in Christ in Milwaukee, then grew through other partnerships throughout the state of Wisconsin. While traveling the state, the Senator found that manufacturers’ primary concern was the lack of workers. The Sheboygan County Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has the third highest concentration of manufacturing in the United States accounting for 33.1% of employment in the area, and the MSA is the fastest-growing labor force in Wisconsin. Finding employees is a major challenge for area employers.

Through this program, Johnson staffers and Joseph Project volunteers identify people ready for a life change based on their attitude and determination. These determined individuals participate in free week-long class sessions. The classes are taught by volunteers and cover the topics of teamwork, time management, financial management, conflict resolution, and spiritual fitness. Participants who persevere through the week of classes are given job interviews with employers who are hiring for well-paying manufacturing careers...

Ken Notes: Every County need a program like this. We have a segment of society that wants more, we need to be positioned to provide the paths to get there. Education, corporate diversity, apprenticeship or work experience, public private partnerships, and more. This is not a hand out opportunity it is a hand up opportunity...

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