ETI collaborates with the Regional Workforce Alliance and nearly 4,000 local employers to identify workforce development needs through surveys of job openings in the metro area. These surveys analyze:
• Occupations in demand
• Changes in job vacancies by industry and location
• Skill and spatial mismatches between employers and the workforce
Innovative technical assistance work (in partnership with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board) focuses on:
• Employment needs of African American males
• Tracking earnings and job recovery by laid-off workers receiving unemployment insurance
• Identifying barriers to employment for ex-offenders returning to Milwaukee County neighborhoods
• Anticipating immediate and future need for licensed health care professionals
• Measuring gender changes in employment in private sector firms in the Milwaukee metro area
For the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, ETI prepares "Vital Signs" measuring changes in economic health and government safety nets in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties. For local and state agencies, ETI analyzes training and financial support needs of released state prisoners, government policies affecting driver's license suspensions, availability of childcare subsidies, and claim rates for earned income tax credit support.
Institute reports are available at www.uwm.edu/Dept/ETI.