Job training program moving forward in Wisconsin

August 8, 2013

From “Job training program moving forward in Wisconsin” — The state is moving forward with a new job training program.

Leaders from the Department of Workforce Development, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Technical College System signed an agreement to team up for the “Wisconsin Fast Forward” initiative.

It’s a $15 million grant program designed to help workers with job training.

“The Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative is quickly moving forward to provide workers with the training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Governor Walker said.  “These grants will be used help Wisconsin workers gain new skills, connect workers with jobs, and foster job creation and expansion by offering innovative training solutions that match employers’ current needs.”

Officials hope to get it off the ground by the end of the year.



4 Responses to “Job training program moving forward in Wisconsin”

  1. Looks like a great program. Good luck.

  2. Brian Kurszewski Says:

    Hopefully, those in charge of this program won’t overlook one of the best recruitment sites in the state- our local high schools. At New London, we have placed 13 students into long term employment in metal working through our Youth Apprentice program and other direct hire programs. In spite of our ancient equipment and limited space we are able to put together a series of experiences that local employers value. We have had local small businesses double and even triple the size of their workforce because of the HS/ business partnership. In one case, the employer created additional fulltime positions to support the manufacturing done by our Youth Apprentices and former students.
    If you really take a look around the state, you will find that the “high demand, skilled manufacturing jobs” are going unfilled largely because K-12 students have no way to explore these careers as many Tech Ed teachers lack either the lab or the industry specific skill to show kids what modern manufacturing is really like. This happened because High School success is measured by standardized test scores and dropout rate, rather than how well each child is prepared for life after high school. When the test scores determine your reputation, can you really blame administrators for cutting expensive shop programs and investing in remedial math, science and reading programs? The labor market for these high tech, high skill jobs will likely remain the same unless there is a new emphasis on manufacturing in our HS Tech Ed programs.

    • Thanks for your comments. Wisconsin needs all citizens who are able to work to gain the skills needed by employers today. WTCS encourages residents of any age to consider high demand, skilled manufacturing jobs. We welcome partnerships with K-12 educators and employers to fill the pipe line to skilled employment.

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