The Milwaukee Region is among the top manufacturing centers in the United States, ranking No. 2 among the nation’s top 50 metros for the percentage of its workforce in manufacturing. The manufacturing industry provides family-supporting jobs; in 2011, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,060 annually, including pay and benefits. To ensure Milwaukee’s local manufacturing companies have the workers they need, Mayor Barrett created the Mayor’s Manufacturing Partnership.
The Mayor’s Manufacturing Partnership directly addresses the skills gap by working with companies to develop employer-driven training – training potential employees for specific job openings in manufacturing. Since the Mayor’s Manufacturing Partnership began in spring of 2012, more than 800 individuals have been trained, placed or advanced their skills in the manufacturing industry.
The Partnership aims to bridge the divide between jobseekers and available manufacturing jobs. The initiative compliments Mayor Barrett’s plans for recruiting manufacturers to the Century City development parcel. This is also one of the most successful efforts in providing a solution-track for dealing with high rates of African-American male unemployment.
The Mayor’s Manufacturing Partnership (MMP) is a collaboration with the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/BIG STEP, the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Milwaukee Area Technical College and over 50 regional manufacturer employers from the Manufacturing Skills Committee of WRTP/BIG STEP.