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Finding, Attracting and Retaining a Solid Workforce

Posted by Mike Matus on August 12, 2015

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Goodwill Manufacturing packaging projectGoodwill provides training, employment and supportive services for people with disabilities or disadvantages who seek greater independence. We do this by providing employers with a suite of solutions aimed at addressing the common workforce challenges; finding, attracting and retaining a solid workforce. Our Goodwill Workforce Development team and Goodwill TalentBridge, our employment service business, are already working within several industries to provide the talent stream that is essential to success in today’s highly competitive workforce environment.

Project PRISM is a partnership between Goodwill and Wheaton Franciscan that provides job candidates with a strong customer service background who are then trained in non-clinical patient advocacy positions.

Another area of concentration is the Manufacturing industry. Our region has many technical colleges and other organizations that focus on providing technical skills training in critical manufacturing processes such as CNC machining and welding. At Goodwill, we then focus on building the essential work skills and behaviors, which prepare people for work. Several area manufacturers have used Goodwill TalentBridge to find the talent, and Goodwill Workforce Development to train the talent, thereby addressing their workforce challenges.

We continue to build on our capabilities at Goodwill Manufacturing, to further help train and prepare candidates for jobs based on the needs of employers. As we further build this model, we are working to identify employers who see the value in having this type of approach to building a long term sustainable workforce.

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Written by Mike Matus

Mike Matus joined Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin in January, 2013 as the Vice President of Sales & Strategic Solutions. Mike’s responsibilities include the development of an integrated Employer Outreach / Business Development strategy across the entire organization. In his role, Mike works closely with the Mission Operations staff of Goodwill TalentBridge, Goodwill Laundry, Goodwill Manufacturing, Goodwill DataShield and Mission Services to drive and coordinate business development efforts to expand the Mission of Goodwill. Mike has spent over 20+ years in executive sales management in varied industries including: Packaging, Graphic Arts and Metal fabrication. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for J.L. Clark, a Clarcor company, specializing in custom metal and plastic packaging. He has served on several boards and received his Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. Mike is currently a member of the MMAC, Executive Agenda, ACG and SAMA organizations.
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Tel: (414) 847-4200

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