Dept. of Workforce Development: Launches interactive map connecting job seekers to critical services

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is launching an interactive directory of services to connect Wisconsinites with workforce programs in their area. DWD works with partners across the state to offer critical services like career training and job search assistance.

The new Directory of Workforce Services provides information online by county for workforce programs provided by DWD, the Wisconsin Technical College System, local workforce development boards, and their contractors and partners.

“Whether they are administered by DWD, local workforce boards, technical colleges, or nonprofits, Wisconsin offers a lot of programs that help people successfully reach their employment goals,” DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said. “Workforce partners from across the state worked together to combine information about the various opportunities available and present them in one central location to make it easier for people to learn about and access them.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way many workforce services are provided. Prior to the pandemic, job seekers and employers were directed to physical Job Center locations to learn about the different workforce services in their area. The Directory of Workforce Service offers a virtual list of available services across agencies in an easy-to-use map that allows job seekers and employers to learn more about workforce programs in a safe way.

The Directory of Workforce Services provides a description of available workforce services and contact information to connect to services in each county. Visit to access these services in your area:

Job Search Assistance

If you need assistance with the following, please go to the Directory for:

  • Resume writing,
  • Job applications,
  • Interview tips,

· registration, or

·       Navigating the Unemployment Insurance online system.

We also offer workshops and career exploration tools.

Employment Services for Veterans

If you are a veteran or spouse of a veteran who needs assistance finding a job or determining your next career, contact an Office of Veteran Employment Services representative. You may be eligible to receive services like:

  • Employment assessments,
  • Resume assistance,

·       Job search assistance,

·       Introductions to veteran-friendly employers, or

·       Referrals to other veteran programs.

Services for Laid Off Workers

If you have recently lost your job or are a veteran or spouse of a veteran who has been recently released from service, you may be eligible for a variety of services through the Dislocated Worker Program, including:

·       Job search assistance,

·       Resume, and interviewing assistance,

·       Career exploration and planning,

·       Information on Unemployment Insurance, and

·       Financial assistance to cover the costs of classroom or on-the-job training.

You will be assigned a career planner who will help you develop a plan to get you back to work.

Services for Workers Laid Off Due to Foreign Trade

If you lost your job due to foreign competition, including work being moved outside of the United States, you may be eligible for services through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA), including:

  • Career exploration,
  • Training,
  • Help with living expenses,
  • Wage subsidies for older workers,

·       Healthcare assistance information,

·       Job search assistance, and

·       Relocation allowances.

A petition must be filed, and the U.S. Department of Labor will determine if you and your former company are TAA certified, making you potentially eligible for these services.

Extensive Career and Training Services

If you need individual help to find employment, improve your earning potential, or have been out of the workforce for a while, you may be eligible for a variety of services through the Adult Program, including:

  • Job search and placement help,
  • Career counseling, and
  • Financial assistance to cover the costs of classroom or on-the-job training.

Contact a career planner to learn if you are eligible.

Services for Youth and Young Adults

If you are between the ages of 14 and 24, you may be eligible for the Youth Program. This program can help you reach your educational and employment goals to have a successful start to your career.

Adult Educational Programs

If you need assistance getting your high school diploma, GED, a better understanding of English, improving your reading skills, or increasing your computer skills, the Adult Education and English Language Learning program can help. Other services or areas of learning include:

·     Workplace preparation activities,

·     Integrated education and training,

·     Civics training,

·     Worksite literacy programs,

·     Family literacy, and

·     Instruction for institutionalized individuals.

Employment Services for Individuals with Disabilities

If you have a disability that is preventing you from meeting your employment goals, contact the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). We help people with disabilities find a job, keep a job, or get a better job by working with you, Wisconsin employers, and other partners. Connect with Vocational Rehabilitation to access services.