UMOS - Building Better Futures
UMOS, a non-profit advocacy organization, provides programs and services which improve the employment, educational, health and housing opportunities of under-served populations.

Workforce Development

UMOS' Workforce Development Programs are Equal Opportunity Programs.

Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program


Even though Abdul Muhammad has his Associate's Degree in Business, he had been laid off for an extended period of time. He found it difficult to get his foot in the door of prospective employers.

Abdul enrolled in the UMOS Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program. After completing UMOS' enrollment requirements and all the requirements of the City of Milwaukee, Abdul was asked to start in subsidized employment in the City's sanitation division.

After completing 1,040 hours of the UMOS Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program requirements, Abdul had the opportunity to continue working with the City of Milwaukee through their partnered temp agencies for the first 90 days. He continued to be successful.

Today, Abdul is a fulltime employee with the City of Milwaukee, Electrical Service, Transportation Department, where he and a work crew are replacing faulty piping with new electrical wiring for street traffic lights.

Transform Milwaukee Jobs is an employment program that offers unemployed residents (within a specific geographical location in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) immediate work. The program is made possible by Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funding through the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. The purpose of the program is to enhance employment opportunities for those who have difficulty entering and succeeding in work and who are responsible for the financial security of their children. The program's strategy helps individuals overcome employment barriers and transition into work using wage-paid, short-term employment that combines real work, skills training, education and supportive services.

The Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program also offers job coaching, employability planning, life skills development, limited vocational training, as well as job search assistance.

The program promotes self-sufficiency by providing time-limited, publicly-funded, wage-based jobs in public, nonprofit or for-profit settings. The Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program helps residents gain a foothold in the labor market with jobs that are available in the public and private sectors. The combination of training, work experience, case management, and supportive services produces positive results for Milwaukee job seekers and the employers who later hire program participants.

UMOS partners include Milwaukee Urban League, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, and Northcott Neighborhood House. UMOS and its partners will meet enrollment goals early and are on schedule to meet all performance goals.

To see several success stories from the Transform Milwaukee Jobs program, click on one of the video testimonials below:

April Moore
CNA - Faith Hope & Charity Supportive Living

Ashley Carr
CNA - Faith Hope & Charity Supportive Living

Brian Holman
Owner - Faith Hope & Charity Supportive Living

Joseph Tarbukvich
Director - Pro Trade Job Development

Tamara Higgins
Program Coordinator - Trinity Institute