Milwaukee Gear, a local manufacturer of gears and drives, last week welcomed Manny Perez, Department of Workforce Development secretary, to their offices. Secretary Perez took a tour of the facility and met with recently hired machinists.
Milwaukee Gear, an open shop represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, recently hired 16 graduates from a CNC class coordinated by WRTP/BIG STEP. It was a collaborative effort between the company, WRTP/BIG STEP, Waukesha County Technical College, and the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board. The new employees start earning $15/hour.
Secretary Perez also highlighted employees who are also participating in Manufacturing Skills Standard Council certificate training, which was also coordinated by WRTP/BIG STEP with the involvement of Milwaukee Area Technical College and Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Inc.
It’s great to see the work of local employers and their partners in the community recognized for efforts to bring good jobs to community members. After all, that's what's working.
Pictured above from left to right: Tramond Nicholson, WRTP/BIG STEP CNC class graduate, Azmi Issa, Milwaukee Gear's director of operations, Secretary Perez, Earl Buford, WRTP/BIG STEP president & CEO, Richard Fullington, Milwaukee Gear president & CEO, and Jane Pawasarat, DWD Employment and Training Division administrator.