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Tommy G. Thompson
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For immediate release: March 1, 2000
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS WORKFORCE CHALLENGES
Conference will offer over 80 workshops on employment and training strategies
MADISON-Gov. Tommy G. Thompson today announced the Seventh Annual Governorís Statewide Employment and Training Conference will be held May 8 -10 at the Marriott Madison West Hotel in Middleton.
The annual conference brings together employers, private sector organizations, education, state agencies and for profit and non-profit agencies to discuss workforce challenges and how to best address them.
"This is a great opportunity for the public and private sector to come together to identify solutions that will move the state forward in this new millennium. By sharing ideas and coming up with new innovations in the workforce, we will ensure our families and our entire state prospers in the 21st century," said Gov. Thompson.
The theme of this yearís conference, "Strong Partnerships-Strong Workforce," will highlight the importance of collaborative efforts in Wisconsin to build, expand and sustain a top-quality workforce.
The conference will offer more than 80 workshops on employment and training and will give participants the opportunity to learn about shared best practices on topics such as; labor shortage strategies, technological innovations, e-commerce, developing high performance partnerships, technology based recruitment, and attracting, retaining and training the right people.
Department of Workforce Development Secretary Linda Stewart added, "The conference will offer participants the opportunity to learn about shared best practices on employment and training topics. "Participants will also explore trends and discuss initiatives that will shape the workplace of the future."
Invited speakers include Gov. Thompson, US Department of Labor Secretary Alexis Herman and Lieutenant Governor Scott McCallum, who will present awards to exemplary Wisconsin employers who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in the recruitment, retention and training of their workforce. In addition, William Bridges, author of Job Shift: How to Prosper in a Workplace Without Jobs and three other nationally recognized speakers are scheduled to address the conference.
The conference is sponsored by the Departments of Commerce, Employment Relations, Workforce Development, Public Instruction, Veteran Affairs, the Work Based Learning Board, International Association of Personnel in Employment Security (IAPES), University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin Association of Job Training Executives, Wisconsin Employment and Training Association, and the Wisconsin Technical College System Board.
For more information and registration materials, visit the conference Web site at: http://major.uwstout.edu/pdf/govpc00.pdf or call 1-800-45-STOUT.