Wisconsin Regional Training Program
- 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)
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
Low- and moderate-income adults
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.