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
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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Secretary Newson Highlights Youth Job Training Initiatives at Elkhorn Employer
Precision Plus offers career pathways enabling area youth opportunities for success
ELKHORN –Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson highlighted benefits to both students and employers participating in Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program during a tour and roundtable discussion held at Precision Plus of Elkhorn.
"The Youth Apprenticeship program offers a career pathway to students across Wisconsin," Secretary Newson said. "Precision Plus is an exemplary employer that is taking full advantage of the local talent pipeline right here in Elkhorn."
Additional worker training opportunities to explore career options while earning a wage and gaining work experience in Governor Walker's 2015-17 state budget are the kinds of investments that help working families and employers advance our economy. Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program is an example of one of these programs that is very popular with students, parents and employers providing high school juniors and seniors a school-to-work experience.
Precision Plus has been an excellent partner, employing seven YA students since 2013.
Today's tour was followed by roundtable discussion where Secretary Newson, continuing his outreach to young professionals across the state, speaking with youth apprentices about what they look for in a career. He also discussed the positive indicators addressing Wisconsin's economy under Governor Walker, including:
- More people are working and fewer people are unemployed than a year ago.
- Monthly estimates show we've regained all of the private sector jobs that were lost during the Great Recession and more.
- Wisconsin will have almost a million jobs to fill over the next decade.
For more information about Youth Apprenticeship, visit: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship/