HIRE Education Employment Initatives

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the HIRE Initiative?

The HIRE Initiative is made up of many organizations in Dane County who are working together to help people find jobs. HIRE also helps people get their GED and learn new skills.

By providing a navigation system to employment, the HIRE Initiative works to match participants’ skills to employers’ needs.

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Who are the Partner Agencies that make up the HIRE Initiative?

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  • Centro Hispano

  • Literacy Network

  • Madison area Urban Ministry

  • Urban League of Greater Madison

  • Vera Court Neighborhood Center (LAWD)

  • YWCA Madison

These organizations also help advise the HIRE Initiative:

  • Madison College

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School

  • Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

 

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How does it work?

HIRE Partner Agencies help each participant make a personal employment plan. Then the participant joins a program to find a new job or to earn their high school diploma or advanced certification.

The HIRE Ladder shows how participants work their way through each step until they find the employment they want:

HIRE Education Employment Ladder

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What are the benefits of HIRE?

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For Job Seekers

  1. It is easy to join HIRE. Someone will help you set goals and find the right program for you

  2. You can take a test to find your current reading and math level

  3. The Partner Agencies that make up HIRE will help make your learning path more clear

 

For Employers

  1. HIRE can connect you with employees who have the skills or certifications you need

  2. You can be a partner in building our future workforce

  3. You can recruit employees from more diverse groups

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Who can participate?

You can participate if you are 18 or older and you want education and training to help you get a job.

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What is the cost?

It is FREE for job seekers to participate in the HIRE Initiative.

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Why is the HIRE Education Employment Initiative important?

The 2008-2012 census shows that 21,441 adults in Dane County do not have a high school diploma. Without a high school diploma, it is much harder to find a job. When many people don’t have work, it affects our whole community.

When people have better-paying jobs, they can provide for themselves and their families. This creates stability in their lives and in our economy.

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What are the most important skills that people need to get a job over the next ten years?

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We asked people in the community which skills are the most important. They said:

  • • Literacy (including writing)

    • Basic math

    • Emotional intelligence

    • Strong work ethic

    • Computer basics (including Internet and email)

    • Ability to plan your work schedule to do the most important tasks first

    • Cultural competency (respect for people who are different from you)

     

     

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