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DWD Expands Career Resources with New Technology Partner to Benefit Employers and Job Seekers

Tony EversGovernor

Amy PechacekDesignated Secretary

Workforce Development Department

201 E. Washington Avenue
Box 7946
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7946
Phone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: [email protected]

New tool will use AI and machine learning to offer personalized career paths

MADISON – Thinking about changing careers, but worried about your chances of success? Your company is looking to hire and is not sure of the best combination of skills among the candidates?

As part of its ongoing agency-wide modernization efforts, the Workforce Development Department will soon offer even more individualized solutions for job search, career coaching and hiring. Through a new partnership with national technology social impact nonprofit Research Improving People’s Lives (RIPL), DWD is expanding the depth and breadth of its online career services to help users find in-demand careers and high quality training.

The initial phase of the specialized online career service tool is expected to launch in spring 2023. It will use past salary data to recommend job opportunities and career transitions to users based on their work history, their skills and goals.

“This technology promises to help job seekers elevate their career potential while making the hiring process faster and more efficient for employers,” said Amy Pechacek, DWD Secretary Designate. “This will allow DWD to go beyond our current career services by offering individual solutions in an accessible, fair and very user-friendly way. Like all of our mission-driven DWD Job Center services, it is free and available online or in person where our staff are waiting to help you.”

DWD’s partnership with RIPL is designed to:

  • Help job seekers make more informed career choices.
  • Provide personalized, data-driven career recommendations based on the successful moves of job seekers with similar skills and goals.
  • Connect employers with qualified, work-ready candidates.
  • Provide data and information on Wisconsin workforce programs to determine the effectiveness of training programs.

The project will build on and successfully integrate DWD’s existing suite of job search and employer matching tools, including Job Center of Wisconsin, Skill Explorer and Career Pathways.

Hawaii, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have also used RIPL research to improve state workforce services for job seekers and employers by using innovative data and technology to improve the workforce. access and impact on training, employment and recruitment.


The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development effectively delivers effective and inclusive services to meet the diverse current and future needs of Wisconsin’s workforce. The department advocates for and invests in the protection and economic advancement of all Wisconsin workers, employers, and job seekers through six divisions – Employment and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation, Unemployment Insurance, Equal Rights, Worker’s Compensation, labor and administrative services. To keep up with DWD announcements and information, sign up for press releases and follow us on Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

About RIPL

Research Improving People’s Lives, or RIPL, is a social impact technology nonprofit that works with governments to help them use data, science, and technology to improve policies and lives. RIPL equips policymakers to create policy that works, delivering measurable improvement per dollar spent for Americans in need.