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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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DWD Presents Action Plan to Modernize & Strengthen Apprenticeship

Strategic framework culminates work of summit of state, national and international experts

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today presented an action plan to modernize and position the state's Registered Apprenticeship program as a national model to address the skills gap and provide working families with a pathway to good-paying jobs.

DWD issued the 2015 Wisconsin Apprenticeship Summit action plan, which culminates the work of state, national and international experts who convened January 28-30 at the summit hosted by The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread. DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson discussed the plan during the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council's meeting today.

"As the state agency that administers Wisconsin's Registered Apprenticeship program, the Department of Workforce Development has studied the recommendations and identified a timeline to implement short-term and long-term action steps," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "We look forward to working with our partners in education, economic development and other areas to further enhance our already strong apprenticeship system."

During the three-day summit, which was facilitated by the National Governors Association (NGA), approximately 40 industry executives, leading workforce and education experts and innovative apprenticeship policy makers evaluated and discussed current research and operating models in order to develop an action plan to enhance Wisconsin's apprenticeship strategies.

Key priorities to improve and modernize Wisconsin's apprenticeship system include:

The report is available online.

For more information on Wisconsin's Registered Apprenticeship program, go to http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/apprenticeship/

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