Employers invited to connect with students

Inspire Northeast Wisconsin, an online platform designed to help connect students and employers, will take center stage at a free workshop Nov. 13. Business owners in Shawano and Menominee counties are invited to learn more about the platform from 8-9 a.m. at the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, 1263 S. Main St., Shawano. Attendees can bring laptops to create their landing pages at the session.

Through work-based learning experiences, job shadowing, teacher externships and other opportunities, Inspire Northeast Wisconsin enables interaction between employers, students and educators, said Nancy Smith, the chamber’s executive director.

“Helping our businesses find qualified workers is a top priority for us,” Smith said. “We feel it is vital to get the word out to all employers about this important resource and how they can take advantage of it.”

The platform is being coordinated by Lynn Aprill, director of CESA 8’s Center on Education for Economic Development.

“As a regional service provider, CESA 8 is uniquely positioned to serve as a ‘hub,’ connecting businesses and school districts … in this mutually beneficial workforce development effort,” Aprill said.

To help build Shawano County’s workforce, Inspire Northeast Wisconsin lets employers promote available jobs, nurture and connect with the future workforce early in their career development and bridge the skills gap of graduating students. Reserve a spot at the workshop at the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce by phone at 715-524-2139 or email at chamber@shawano.com.