Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
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Thursday, January 8, 2015
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Council on Workforce Investment Recommends Key Strategies to Develop Talent & Grow Wisconsin's Economy
MADISON – The new 2014-2018 Workforce and Talent Development Strategic Plan from the Governor's Council on Workforce Investment (CWI) provides a comprehensive roadmap to ensure Wisconsin develops skilled talent that meets employer demand and moves the state's economy forward, state Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson said today.
"Skilled talent is and will continue to be a critical need for Wisconsin's key industries, and we need a comprehensive action plan to ensure that the most qualified individuals fill in-demand job openings that employers have available," said Secretary Newson, who is the CWI's Executive Director. "The recommendations outlined in this plan give Wisconsin a competitive advantage to attract and retain business."
The CWI 2014-2018 Strategic Plan makes 21 recommendations in four key areas to address a broad range of workforce development system challenges that include sustainable short-term and long-term activities to cultivate, attract and retain skilled talent, along with the necessary implementation resources to achieve the anticipated return on investment. Examples are highlighted below:
- Talent Development, Attraction & Retention: Tax credits and other financial incentives to attract and retain skilled graduates and encourage entrepreneurship; expand youth and adult apprenticeships; and initiate targeted marketing to attract millennials and entrepreneurs; and expand broadband access.
- Education for Workforce and Talent Development: Strategies to build K-12 and post-secondary education systems that advance work readiness skills, as well as specific career skills; and develop an image-building campaign for career opportunities in high-demand fields.
- Development of Sustainable Partnerships: Build local and state level partnership "champions;" build a partnerships and opportunities clearinghouse; and support industry engagement.
- Alignment of Workforce Programs: Increase access to the workforce system; support collaborations and communication between partners; and change employer and job seeker perceptions of the workforce system.
The CWI was established in 2000 as a federal mandate under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to assist the state of Wisconsin in identifying and implementing outcomes-based workforce development strategies through labor market information and employer demand. Its membership is appointed by the Governor and includes a majority of business leaders, as well state legislators, and representatives from educational institutions, non-profit agencies and labor organizations.
In 2013, Governor Walker tasked the CWI with developing a strategic plan to align Wisconsin's workforce development initiatives and investments with its economic development efforts. The CWI is presenting the plan for consideration by the Governor and lawmakers for use in crafting workforce development priorities in the next biennial budget.
The plan is available online.