What is Inspire?

In August of 2017, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) purchased a statewide Inspire license from Xello (formerly Career Cruising).  The web based Inspire tool assists with career planning by:

  • * Connecting businesses with local schools
  • * Helping businesses communicate their career/employment needs
  • * Helping students navigate career planning by connecting to local employers.  

Inspire provides employers with a seamless platform to offer a wide range of career-based learning activities for students and/or teachers to participate in.   This is a long-term approach to developing your talent pipeline, and an approach that requires continued support.  

As a business member, you are not trained to be content experts for how to teach or engage with students and that is where we come in to help!  This website is meant to help you successfully implement career-based learning activities at your business and begin the connection to students and teachers.

Inspire is a talent pipeline development tool that engages students with local companies and careers.  As a business member, you can directly mentor and help prepare students for careers that align to their interests or expose them to careers they didn’t know existed.

This is a long-term solution to develop your pipeline.  Through continued support of Inspire, Academic and Career Planning and simply connecting with local students, you will see the impact on the number of employees you hire. The time you invest now will continue to pay off year after year as you grow connections to local students.

Why is INSPIRE Valuable to WI

Why is Inspire Valuable to WI Employers

Inspire is a talent pipeline development tool that engages students with local companies and careers.  As a business member, you can directly mentor and help prepare students for careers that align to their interests or expose them to careers they didn’t know existed.

This is a long-term solution to develop your pipeline.  Through continued support of Inspire, Academic and Career Planning and simply connecting with local students, you will see the impact on the number of employees you hire. The time you invest now will continue to pay off year after year as you grow connections to local students.

"Employers want people with more skills coming through the door and the only way you can get that is work experience." 

Anthony Carnevale, director of the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.  See full article in Forbes here

Providing Career-Based Learning Activities is mutually beneficial to schools and companies. Coordinating those activities will take time and effort, but consider the benefits that will come from your efforts:

  • INVEST IN THE FUTURE WORKFORCE. Working with students will help expand the pool of job applicants and their skill sets in the future. Career-Based Learning activities are an early recruitment strategy.Help make education relevant to students, makes them better students and better future employees.
  • IMPROVE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT. Employee knowledge of roles and responsibilities are reviewed and reinforced and mentoring students can be rewarding for employees.
  • IT’S GOOD PR. Provides a visible example of the company’s partnership with schools and students to maintain good community relations, and provides an opportunity to promote the company as an employer of choice. Showcase what you do that makes a difference to our community and environment.
  • IT GIVES STUDENTS AWARENESS AND EXPERIENCE. Students discover and learn about the working world and begin to understand company culture (ex: employees demeanor while working, team work needed etc.)
  • SOLIDIFIES YOUR PLACE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. You are able to provide a positive experience for your students/teachers who will share that with friends/family. In addition, people will gain awareness of what your company does. Oftentimes people know the name of a company, but not the breadth of what happens on the inside. Finally it provides the opportunity for a personal connection/mentorship between student and employers that allows you to engage students/teachers in conversation around career exploration in an industry.