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
Monday, December 29, 2014
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
On the Web: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/news.htm
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DWD 2014 Report Highlights Success in Developing State's Workforce
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today published its annual report of activities and accomplishments during 2014.
"Building the workforce to move Wisconsin forward is a team effort," Secretary Newson said. "I am proud to highlight the efforts of our staff and workforce partners to build a well-trained workforce that has the skills that employers need to compete in the global economy."
Key highlights of the 2014 report include:
- Announced approximately $12.5 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grants to equip almost 13,800 current and new workers with the high-demand skills since the program began in 2013.
- 4,415 individuals with disabilities successfully reached their employment goal and entered the workforce, the highest level in 15 years. The earnings of these 4,415 recent additions to Wisconsin's workforce is projected to be $78.3 million annually, more than double the public investment mad in their services.
- With additional GPR and the creation of 9 new direct service staff by 2013 Wisconsin Act 58 along with the associated annual increase in federal funding for DVR, allowed DVR to assist additional job seekers with disabilities to achieve independence and self-sufficiency through employment. The wait list for DVR services for people with significant disabilities has been eliminated. Prior to Act 58, the wait time for these individuals was approximately 5 months.
- Youth Apprenticeship (YA) enrollment for the 2013-14 school year reached 2,469, a 10 year high for the YA program, with apprentices at 279 school districts and at 1,639 employers. In addition, 1,418 Youth Apprenticeship State Skill Certificates were awarded, resulting in industry-recognized credentials for occupations that are in-demand by Wisconsin employers.
- DWD's Office of Veterans Service (OVS) was in the top ten states nationally with a 65% Entered Employment Rate for Veterans served by OVS. Wisconsin was tied for 2nd place nationally with an Employment Retention Rate of 83%.
The end-of-year report is available online.