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Milwaukee to provide $1 million for maintenance training

March 30, 2010
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MILWAUKEE — The state of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee are spending $1 million to establish Milwaukee Builds, a project to provide on-the-job training to over 80 unemployed individuals, according to the Business Journal of Milwaukee.
Under the Milwaukee Builds project, individuals will work in transitional jobs, earning $8 to $12 an hour as they learn skills and gain experience in carpentry, painting and building maintenance, the story stated.
Milwaukee Governor Jim Doyle said: "With the Milwaukee Builds project, we are providing a fresh start for inner-city residents who are unemployed. The skills they learn can lead to a construction job or other opportunities in the building trades. At the same time, the transitional work they are doing will benefit the city and its neighborhoods. I would like to thank Representative Annette Polly Williams for her leadership on advocating for this important funding. I am pleased to join Mayor Barrett in this effort."
Participants will work for up to 30 hours a week from four weeks to a year, depending on their progress and ability, gaining on-the-job training to secure a permanent job, the story noted.
The unemployed individuals will receive a mixture of classroom instruction and real-world training that covers safety, personal protection and tool use and maintenance, the story added.
According to the story, the individuals will also receive employment services, including assistance in developing and updating their resumes and tips on searching for work.
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