WUWM’s Project Milwaukee series continues with a look at manufacturing jobs in the city where employers are recruiting and training workers:
DRS Technologies near 30th and Capitol in Milwaukee has hired and trained 50 low-income people from the area to make electronics for the Navy. Pay starts at $12/hour with full benefits and grows to $20/hour.
Howard Snyder of the Northwest side Community Development Corporation says it lended federal money to DRS in exchange for it creating jobs in the economically distressed neighborhood, yet the company did its own recruiting and training.
“You hear people saying, we can’t stay in Wisconsin because we can’t find workers. In my judgment, they’re not really trying hard enough, and in some cases, they’re not trying at all.”