The Wisconsin Highway Maintenance Workforce Survey gathers the background information about the highway maintenance workforce in Wisconsin needed to develop a career pathway and credentialed training. The report presents supporting information for assessing employer interest and target audience for developing a Wisconsin apprenticeship program in Highway Maintenance. This report provides
survey data that can be used to estimate the numbers of highway maintenance workers from entry to supervisory levels employed by local governments in the state. The report characterizes the scope of highway maintenance jobs in the workforce, prior education, and experience of entry-level workers. Survey data can be used to estimate the percentage of employers having difficulties filling positions and the number of positions left unfilled. The survey data includes ranked lists of skills and competencies among the applicants. The survey includes self-assessments on the success of various strategies to recruit, train and retain applicants into entry-level positions. The report characterizes training requirements, sources of training provided by employers, and common reasons why workers leave highway maintenance jobs. The
report presents findings on employer interest in and familiarity with apprenticeship programs and the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate. The report summarizes comments and thoughts from employers on the future vision at highway maintenance agencies including rebranding highway maintenance occupations and suggested new occupations.