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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Monday, November 2, 2015
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Governor Walker Proclaims November 2-8 as Apprenticeship Week

DWD Secretary Newson presents Proclamation during kickoff event at Quad/Graphics, part of National Apprenticeship Week celebration in states across the country

SUSSEX – Governor Walker has proclaimed November 2-8 as Apprenticeship Week in Wisconsin to recognize businesses, workers and partnering agencies that support Wisconsin Apprenticeship as a national model of time-tested and effective talent development programs.

Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson presented the proclamation today during an open house event at Quad/Graphics in Sussex to kick off the week, which is also being celebrated as National Apprenticeship Week.

"Wisconsin passed the nation's first regulated apprenticeship law more than a century ago, and today's Wisconsin Apprenticeship is a model for innovation and leadership as policy-makers across the country seek ways to address the skills gap and ensure a robust talent pipeline," Secretary Newson said. "During this week, we recognize the Wisconsin apprenticeship community, including companies like Quad/Graphics that take part in the program, along with the apprentices themselves and those seeking apprenticeship opportunities."

Registered Apprenticeship prepares individuals for skilled occupations by combining both on-the-job training under the supervision of experienced journey workers with related classroom instruction. Registered Apprenticeships are sponsored by employers, employer associations, or labor/management groups that can hire and train in a working situation.

Currently, Wisconsin Apprenticeship includes 2,352 employers and 8,844 apprentices in over 200 occupations. One such employer is Quad/Graphics, which has actively taken part in Wisconsin Apprenticeship for more than three decades and currently has nearly 50 apprentices training at their five Wisconsin facilities.

"Quad/Graphics is a long-time advocate of apprenticeship programs – not only here in our home state of Wisconsin but across the country," said Tom Frankowski, Quad/Graphics Chief Operating Officer. "Apprenticeships are about opportunity. They offer career-minded individuals practical training in highly coveted skilled occupations and ensure employers have access to talent they need to advance their strategic initiatives. We support positioning Wisconsin's Registered Apprenticeship as a national model."

Governor Walker is a strong supporter of the Wisconsin Apprenticeship program and included funding for the program in the 2015-17 biennial budget he signed last summer. Under the Governor's leadership, DWD has taken steps to modernize and position Registered Apprenticeship as a national model. In April 2015, DWD presented the 2015 Wisconsin Apprenticeship Summit action plan, which culminated the work of state, national and international experts who convened in January 2015 at a summit that was facilitated by the National Governors Association (NGA) to focus on apprenticeship strategies and recommendations.

In September, DWD was awarded a $5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Growth and Enhancement Strategies (WAGE$) project. Under the WAGE$ initiative, DWD's Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) will register new apprenticeships in 12 high-growth occupations in the Advanced Manufacturing, HealthCare, and IT industries, and the project will expand upon other existing programs.

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

Read the Governor's Proclamation.

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