What We Do

The City of Milwaukee and Employ Milwaukee, Inc. (lead agency) will train and place 150 individuals with significant barriers into tech jobs by 2017, a number that is expected to increase to 600 by 2020. The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee’s TechForce Center—an IT training center in the heart of the city—will provide accelerated training to employer-vetted individuals, to get in-demand skills. Graduates of the TechForce Center will be connected to paid internships, apprenticeships, and full time jobs with support from Employ Milwaukee Industry Advisory Boards and regional employers.The City of Milwaukee and Employ Milwaukee are committed to working with local employer partners in need of an IT workforce to work together to find new ways to recruit and place applicants based on their skills, as well as to create innovative fast track IT training opportunities.

For more information about TechHire Milwaukee contact Peter Coffaro, Vice President of Business Services
at Employ Milwaukee.

Svea Hieb

Svea Hieb attended the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) two year IT Computer Support program. At MATC, IT Computer Support Specialist program students learn how to help end users on the enterprise to administer, troubleshoot and deploy Windows and Mac OSX computers and servers, and more. Svea established employer connections with help from MATC for internships to develop experience.

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IT Labor Market Landscape

Below is a snapshot of the Milwaukee labor market demand for IT talent. These are the most demanded skills and occupations from 12/6/15 to 2/3/16.
Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and Emsi (projection data)

Open IT Occupations


Concentrated Demand for IT

  • 70% Milwaukee
  • 100% Nationwide

Top Skills

Baseline Skills

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Organizational Skills
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Writing
  5. Planning

Software and Programming Skills

  1. SQL
  2. Microsoft Excel
  3. JAVA
  4. JavaScript
  5. Microsoft Windows

Top Occupations

Top 5 Occupations

  1. Software Developer / Engineer
  2. Systems Analyst
  3. Business Intelligence Analyst
  4. Network Engineer / Architect
  5. Computer Systems Engineer / Architect

Fastest Growing Occupations (2015-2020)

  1. Computer and Information Research Scientists
  2. Information Security Analysts
  3. Software Developers, Systems Software
  4. Multimedia Artists and Animators
  5. Software Developers, Applications

Community Partners

The following organizations are engaged and committing to making the Milwaukee TechHire effort a success:

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The Water Council
The Center for Healthcare Careers of Southeastern Wisconsin (CHCSeW)
The Mid-West Energy and Research Consortium (M-WERC)
IT United (of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County)
Monarch Corp.
Marquette University
Alverno College
Cardinal Stritch University