Wisconsin Regional Training Program

Program basics

  • Industry-led workforce intermediary provides short-term training, typically 2–8 weeks, along with case management and job placement assistance
  • Aims to increase employment and wages in construction, manufacturing, and health care

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Promising (Third-highest tier)

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Promising (Third-highest tier)

Wisconsin Regional Training Program is not yet in any of the major clearinghouses, but has demonstrated positive results in an independent, high-quality evaluation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor


Target population

Low- and moderate-income adults

Program cost

Not available

Implementation locations

Dates active

1997-Present

Outcomes and impact

  • Increased earnings by $6,255, on average, over 2 years
  • Program participants were more likely to find work and worked more months than those who did not receive sector-focused training
  • Program participants were significantly more likely to get jobs that offered benefits

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Focus on a single industry or small set of industries, allowing program administrators to develop industry-specific expertise and relationships.
  • Prioritize recruiting and placing candidates who meet basic career matching criteria, especially those who show an interest, aptitude, and basic skills needed to benefit from training in the target industry.
  • Develop a robust, integrated skills training program, including technical skills for the target industry and job-readiness workshops (such as basic English and math skills). Consider partnering with organizations experienced in job readiness training.
  • Maintain flexibility within the program – even the most successful programs made changes to their curricula and target industries after initial implementation.
  • Identify funding sources that allow a broad range of job seekers – such as those who have been justice-involved, on welfare, or are recent immigrants – rather than funding that prioritizes just one group.
  • Incorporate long term KPIs into any measurement of success, as program payoff extends for at least a few years.

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