Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 30, 2014
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One Year Later, Skill Explorer Hosting Thousands of Visitors
Online skills-based search tool averages 4,500 visitors, over 33,000 page views per month; Site one among many enhancements DWD is delivering to customers through the Internet
MADISON – One year after DWD launched Skill Explorer, an online tool that lets users search for new opportunities based on skills rather than occupational titles, the site remains highly popular, hosting an average of 4,500 visitors and 33,000 page views every month.
"Without a doubt, Skill Explorer has brought added value to a variety of our customers including students, teachers, parents, job seekers and employers," DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said. "We know that a person's skills can open the door to opportunities in many different industries, and Skill Explorer is one innovative way we are addressing Wisconsin's skills gap. Plus, with features such as a mapping function, occupational title details and credentialing information, Skill Explorer performs a variety of value-added functions."
Governor Scott Walker announced the launch of the skillexplorer.wisconsin.gov in October 2013. Today, over half of the visitors every month are new to the site. The latest available counts, covering the four-month period from May through August, show page views are averaging nearly 33,200 per month.
Other statistical highlights from the latest quarterly data include:
- About half of the users are going directly to the site, showing that people are aware of Skill Explorer.
- Some visit Skill Explorer after going to jobcenterofwisconsin.com, DWD's free, online labor market exchange with over 76,000 job openings.
- Some users arrive at the site following a general online search.
Skill Explorer is one of several enhancements that DWD is bringing directly to customers to encourage greater self-service through convenient, user-friendly technology. This fall alone, DWD has announced:
- The "responsive design" launch of DWD's agency website to make content more accessible to customers by adapting to the device screen size used to access the site, easing navigation and improving readability.
- The biggest overhaul to the agency's UI online system since the site launched in 2008, including new features starting this month for claimants who view their UI information online, and a dramatically improved design to the system that receives initial UI claims, starting in early November.