Milwaukee Bucks hold town hall meetingPublished by of Milwaukee Business Journal

The Milwaukee Bucks and the city of Milwaukee recently hosted the first in a series of town hall meetings to introduce prospective job seekers to the SkillSmart platform and potential work on the team’s $500 million arena in downtown Milwaukee. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos from the Dec. 15 meeting held at Journey House.

More than 100 city of Milwaukee residents attended the meeting. The NBA team, which is committed to the hiring of Milwaukee city and county residents for arena construction and the new arena district, contracted with SkillSmart of Germantown, Md., to create a pipeline of qualified workers and help prospective employees gain skills they will need for future employment.

As part of the Bucks development agreement with the city, the team’s owners pledged to partner with the city and county on workforce development initiatives. The Bucks also committed to meeting the city’s requirement of hiring 40 percent of trade workers who are city residents for arena construction.

The arena is under construction just north of the BMO Harris Bradley Center near West Juneau Avenue. It is set to be completed in time for the team’s 2018-’19 season.

The SkillSmart site breaks down available positions in terms of necessary skills and prerequisites, while inviting job seekers to build a personal profile based around their work experience, training and qualifications. The tool provides job seekers with scores for each available position based upon how well their skill set and qualifications align with a job.

Locations for additional town hall meetings will become available in the coming weeks.

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