News - - Wisconsin's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.7% in June from May, and is hovering well below its peak at the worst point in the recession, when it was higher than 9% in 2010....

Signs of a tightening labor market in the manufacturing sector are evident at KHS USA Inc. in Waukesha, which manufactures packaging equipment. The Waukesha-based subsidiary of German-owned KHS said its production lines run full shifts throughout the year.

But KHS has difficulty filling openings for skilled labor, even though KHS has borrowed a tactic that's common in Germany and created an elaborate paid apprenticeship program meant to train potential hires, said Mike Brancato, president of KHS USA.

"Unfortunately, recruiting is challenging and these jobs are hard to fill," Brancato said. KHS partners with Milwaukee Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College for its apprentices, who are paid by KHS to learn the industrial skills.

Ken Notes: We need to offer Juniors and Seniors programs to move into these slots. After graduation it is often too late.

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