DWD News Stories

Shaun Lukas is an Employment & Training specialist at the Racine Job Center and he's ready to help you!

What's next? Opportunities don't just happen, you create them.

You're a hard-working employee but you lost your job because of the COVID-19 public health emergency, and you haven't been hired back. What are your options?

Whether you're looking for another job in your current field or interested in training for a new career, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and our workforce partners are here to help.

The apprentice is using a rope to safely remove a large piece of deadwood from a White Oak. Photograph courtesy of the Wisconsin Technical College System.

First-in-the-nation arborist apprenticeship program celebrates 5 years!

"Once there was a tree…" It's the first sentence from the beloved children's book, The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. As the story goes, the Giving Tree provides a little boy she loves with everything he needs as he grows up – her leaves to play with, apples to eat, branches to make a home and, eventually, her trunk to build a boat and sail away.

Group Portrait of Capitol Building Construction Workers, c. 1911. Photograph courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Image ID: 122366

Highlighting worker safety: April 28 is Workers Memorial Day and OSHA 50th Anniversary

Wednesday, April 28, marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the federal regulatory agency that ensures safe conditions for our nation's workers. Former President Nixon signed the federal OSH Act into law on April 28, 1971. In the 50 years since, America's workplaces have been transformed.

People working on solar panels

Preparing for a greener future: DWD grant recipient trains workers for careers in renewable energy

A massive 300 mega-watt solar farm in Iowa County, a 200 mega-watt installation in Kenosha County, a pair of new farms in Manitowoc County—in the past year, a half-dozen large scale solar projects have cropped up across the state according to Renew Wisconsin. There is no question the solar industry is booming, and that means our state's workers need to be ready.

Industry projections graph

Strong job growth estimates offer hope to those still out of work

Short-term occupation and industry job projections for the state of Wisconsin show strong growth through the 2nd quarter of 2022. These estimates point to a continued, swift recovery of the job losses felt through the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cale Greig

Wisconsin Fast Forward helps Wausau man begin his new, post-COVID career

In early 2020, life was good for 40-year old Cale Greig. He was making decent money bartending, enjoying life in Wausau with his wife and his nine-year old son, and recently welcomed his second son, Callum, into the world. And then the COVID-19 pandemic hit Wisconsin.

Learn about worker rights—in 60 seconds!

Wisconsinites can quickly and easily find expert guidance on workplace and civil rights challenges thanks to a new video series from the Department of Workforce Development's Equal Rights Division.

veteran at job interview

DWD encourages employers to become "vets ready"

Every year, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recognizes businesses that have shown a deep commitment to reaching and supporting Wisconsin's veteran workforce. The Vets Ready Employer Initiative encourages employers to build support systems within their workplaces, hire and retain more veterans, and connect to veterans in the community and their families.

High School at Harley-Davidson: Career and Technical Education opens a world of possibilities for Wisconsin students

Milwaukee teenager, Sarah Klein, never imagined she would be spending her senior year working at a world-famous Wisconsin company, let alone picking up cutting-edge job skills that will take her far beyond high school. But that's exactly what happened…

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