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Manufacturing companies continue to loosen requirements for employment

Posted at 6:38 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 19:38:16-05

GREEN BAY, Wis — No high school diploma, no work experience, no problem. That's what more manufacturing companies in northeast Wisconsin are saying to job seekers according to the state's Workforce Development Board.

In years past the board says that higher education and experience were often times a requirement to get a foot in the door of many manufacturing companies. But according to employment specialists today at the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board many employers are so hard up filling positions that they're willing to train candidates with the right attitude and willingness to work.

"The baby boomers are retiring more and more everyday and the high school classes are producing smaller numbers of graduating seniors, which means you have really just a smaller pool of people to work with. Employers are desperate for labor and they're desperate not just for skilled labor, they're desperate for any labor," says Anthony Snyder the Chief Executive Officer of the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board.

On Wednesday in Green Bay from 10am to 4pm, the manufacturing company Nature's Way will be holding a job fair where they are looking to hire anywhere from 15 to 20 entry level positions. Jobs that staff say offers tuition reimbursement, a matching 401k plan and health benefits which start on day one of employment.