Mayor Barrett Encourages Residents to Apply for a Transitional Job through Compete Milwaukee

April 7, 2016


MILWAUKEE – Recently, Mayor Tom Barrett and Alderman Ashanti Hamilton kicked-off year two of the successful workforce program Compete Milwaukee. To date, nearly 200 City of Milwaukee residents have participated in the program, putting them on a career path to family-supporting employment.

“I am proud of the success Compete Milwaukee has had in helping people reenter the workforce,” said Mayor Barrett. “Compete Milwaukee gives residents valuable work experience in City departments, along with career pathway support. It is my continued hope that residents receive quality training and experience and go on to gain full-time employment.”


Through the Community Work Partnership: Transitional Jobs component of Compete Milwaukee, Milwaukee residents who meet a certain criteria (see below) can apply for Compete Milwaukee by contacting UMOS at (414) 389-6000, ask for Hector Lerma. Individuals who meet the criteria and are accepted into the program participate in a six-month temporary work experience in City Departments. Milwaukee residents work side-by-side with City workers. The work experience is combined with career pathways counseling and case management.


Individuals interested in applying for the Compete Milwaukee transitional jobs MUST meet the following requirements:

  • Must reside in this geographical area at the time of enrollment: Sherman Boulevard on the West, Silver Spring Drive on the North, Hwy I-43 on the East, and Mitchell Street on the South.
  • Must be 18-64 years old at the time of enrollment.
  • If 24 years of age or older, MUST be the biological, adoptive or primary relative caregiver of a child under the age of 18.
  • Individual must have one of the following: a child support order, a child welfare reunification plan or be an ex-offender.
  • Must have been unemployed for the last four (4) consecutive calendar weeks prior to enrollment.
  • Cannot be receiving W2 benefits and not eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance Compensation.
  • Have an annual household income that is less than 150% of the federal poverty guideline for the household size.

: Individuals who participated in the Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program are not eligible to participate in Compete Milwaukee.


For more information, job seekers can call UMOS at (414) 389-6000 and visit