Transitional jobs program will create thousands of new jobs in Milwaukee, throughout the state
Madison – State Representative Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee) joined Department of Children and Families Secretary Reggie Bicha in Milwaukee recently to announce 16 employers benefitting from Wisconsin’s Transitional Jobs Demonstration Project.
More than $34 million in Recovery Act funding will be used over the next two years to fund transitional jobs for women and men in search of job opportunities.
“The word ‘jobs’ is on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days, but idle talk simply isn’t enough,” Grigsby said. “I am standing here today to help announce funding for these new jobs because I care about continuing to deliver new opportunities for our community and our state.”
Established in the Wisconsin State Budget (Act 28), the Transitional Jobs Demonstration Project will help vulnerable women and men who are out of work and have difficulties maintaining employment.
Managed by Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families, the Transitional Jobs Demonstration Project will connect people with valuable work and on-the-job experience, preparing them for long-term employment in the state’s changing economy.
Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), this $34.3 million statewide program will be funded over a two-year period.
These funds were approved by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee on June 23 and are directly connected to the transitional jobs program, which is designed to create up to 2,500 jobs in Wisconsin.
“People are looking for a government that works for them and makes their needs a priority,” Grigsby said.
“People are looking for jobs now. They cannot afford to wait for opportunities to simply trickle down to them. We need smart, cost effective policies that create real opportunities for our vulnerable communities and our struggling middle class. That is why I’m here today and why I’ve been fighting to create real jobs that mean something to the working people of Wisconsin.”
Seven organizations in the Milwaukee area stand to benefit from Wisconsin’s Transitional Jobs Demonstration Project, including Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS), Milwaukee Careers Cooperative, the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Policy Studies, Inc., and Step Industries.
Through this program more than 1,000 new jobs are expected to be created in the Milwaukee area alone.