Talent Development


The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) is developing the talent needed to meet the rapidly-growing demand for skilled labor in the Energy, Power, and Controls (EPC) sector and build Wisconsin’s reputation as a leader in science and technology–driven innovation.

WERCBench Labs Accelerator

Since 2015, 30 startups have graduated from the WERCBench Labs Accelerator in Milwaukee. The 16-week program gives energy industry entrepreneurs access to advice from seasoned professionals, laboratory and testing space, small scale production equipment, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Rapid Prototyping Center. Learn more and apply.

Energy Innovation Development and Training Facility

M-WERC is seeking funding from the U.S. Economic Development Agency to build an advanced energy testing lab to prepare the next generation of electrical line workers and testers critically needed by the industry and the state. The new facility at M-WERC’s Energy Innovation Center, a partnership with UW–Milwaukee and Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), will offer advanced manufacturing training programs not available elsewhere in the state for university-level engineering students and technical college students.

  • Train up to 150 workers a year who can fill jobs already identified by M-WERC partner companies

  • Closely align with existing service providers, including technical colleges, social service agencies like Maximus and Employ Milwaukee, and the Department of Workforce Development

  • Focused on meeting the workforce needs of the EPC industrial cluster