UWM partners with Helios to launch effort to help meet demand in HR tech industry

UWM has partnered with Helios Consulting to launch a new effort aimed at helping students and recent graduates learn skills and gain a potential career foothold in the fast-growing human resources tech industry.

The Rise apprenticeship program will provide training and job opportunities to students and alumni that will “translate to success in today’s increasingly tech-driven labor market,” said Scott Gronert, UWM’s interim provost.

UWM students and graduates who participate in Rise will be paid Helios employees starting from day one of training. 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.

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

“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,” Gronert said.

The program includes training and support from industry experts and provides a pathway to joining Helios’ Fortune 500 clients after completing the apprenticeship.

“Building a more inclusive, resilient tech workforce starts with creating tighter connections between higher education and the world of work,” said Trevor Lee, president of Saint Paul, Minnesota-based Helios.

“This is about strengthening those connections to help UWM fulfill its role as an engine of economic growth for the upper Midwest,” Lee added.

Students or recent graduates of UWM interested in learning more about the Rise program can visit the Rise page on Helios’ website.

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