UWM launches tech apprenticeship program to close HR skills gap

MILWAUKEE_ The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is launching a new effort to help both current students and alumni access career opportunities in the fast-growing human resources tech industry.

The Rise apprenticeship program was designed in partnership with Helios Consulting. Helios is an advisory partner of Workday, the HR tech platform of choice for nearly 10,000 companies worldwide, including half of the Fortune 500.

“As demand for technology skills continues to grow across the region, UWM has a unique opportunity to solve two challenges at once: creating new pathways to high-wage jobs for our community, while also addressing a growing need for workers with those tech skills,” said Scott Gronert, UWM’s interim provost.

“Together with Helios, we’re helping to address one of the most critical talent gaps faced by Wisconsin employers, and enabling our students and graduates to gain the skills that translate to success in today’s increasingly tech-driven labor market,” Gronert said.

The new partnership advances UWM’s 2030 plan, which focuses on building more learner-centric programming while also responding to the demands of the region’s economy.

UWM students and graduates who participate in Rise will be paid Helios employees starting from day one of training. The program, which includes training and support from industry experts, also provides a pathway to joining Helios’ Fortune 500 clients upon completion.

“Building a more inclusive, resilient tech workforce starts with creating tighter connections between higher education and the world of work,” Helios President Trevor Lee said. “This is about strengthening those connections to help UWM fulfill its role as an engine of economic growth for the upper Midwest.”

Students or recent graduates of UWM who are interested in learning more about the Rise program can visit www.helios.consulting/rise.

About Helios

Helios is a certified Workday partner which helps employers with their implementation journey and expand deployment of Workday’s software to improve and streamline their human capital management (HCM) functions. Helios also solves Workday talent needs with Rise, the first apprenticeship program in the Workday ecosystem. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Helios prides itself on taking the enterprise view on Workday module deployments to achieve desired business outcomes. Helios’ credibility with clients is based on real work delivered to clients that do business around the globe.