Opportunities for Farming Individuals through the local Workforce Development System

Employment and training services are offered throughout the state of Wisconsin. These services, from resume development to skill training to on-the-job training, are provided through American Job Center system at any one of several Job Centers locate throughout the state.

Basic services are provided to any individual searching for new employment. More intensive services require some eligibility determination, but if a person is able to work in the United States and needs assistance to find a job or develop employment skills, those resources can be found at the local Job Center. Please inquire about the Dislocated Worker Program, made possible through the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

While every county does not have a Job Center, there are several locations throughout the state that farming families can visit to access the opportunities available under the Dislocated Worker Program. Job Center staff will also discuss other opportunities available through the Job Center system for farmers and their families. Job Center employment specialists can also meet with customers at local libraries and community centers. This universal approach ensures that Wisconsinites receive the right services at the right time!

A goal of the Dislocated Worker Program is to assist individuals in finding family supporting employment after a job loss. The staff at the local Job Center will provide services that help build this pathway. Services are individualized and may include:

  • Career Services: career exploration, identifying transferable skills, job search assistance, research employers, resume development and interview preparation. The program can help you find the best match with an employer based on your preferences and needs.
  • Training Services: update skills, pursue training and certification including on-the-job training, tuition assistances, work experience programs for youth, and navigating apprenticeship programs.
  • Support services for job search, training and new employment may include things such as:
    • Text books and fees,
    • Transportation assistance (i.e. fuel vouchers or Lyft/taxi rides),
    • Childcare care assistance,
    • Training or work-related tools and supplies,
    • Clothing/uniform expenses (i.e. steel toed boots)

Get started now! Those affected by job loss, business downsizing or foreclosure should visit their local Job Center as they decide on next steps and deliberate new careers! To find the closest job center, view this list by region.

There are many resources available to farmers and individuals that are entering into a different workforce. For more job-related resources check out Division of Extensions website: Resilient Farms, Families, Business and Communities. 

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