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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015
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DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Recognizes Apprenticeship Week in Stevens Point, Wausau Area

Governor Walker proclaimed Nov. 2-8 as Apprenticeship Week in Wisconsin

STEVENS POINT – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson delivered remarks today at Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) and Wausau Windows & Wall System to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week. Governor Scott Walker also proclaimed November 2-8, 2015 as the first ever Apprenticeship Week in Wisconsin. Today's events highlighted the importance of the Registered Apprenticeship program in Wisconsin to both apprentices and employers.

"Wisconsin's Registered Apprenticeship program has been a successful talent development program for over 100 years in Wisconsin," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "Innovative worker training programs like Registered Apprenticeship will ensure Wisconsin has effective strategies in place to address the skills gap, help employers remain competitive and move Wisconsin's workforce forward."

National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity for Wisconsin and other states to share their story of apprenticeship with businesses, educators, job seekers, community organizations, students and parents to build awareness of the many opportunities that apprenticeship offers. Assistant Deputy Secretary visited MSTC to highlight the technical college's apprentice-related partnerships with the community and recognize stakeholders who have played a role.

Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson later visited Wausau and toured Wausau Windows & Wall Systems, which currently has several mechanic and industrial technican apprentices at their facility. He recognized the company for its comment to be an employer sponsor. The company is one of over 2,300 Wisconsin employers taking part in Registered Apprenticeship. Statewide, more than 8,800 apprentices are training in over 200 occupations.

“Apprenticeship programs help develop skilled and talented professionals who are vital to manufacturing, while providing learning opportunities and great careers to employees. With the shortage of available skilled trade professionals in Central Wisconsin and upcoming retirements, the apprenticeship program has become even more critical to our future," explained Maureen Egan, VP Human Resources at Wausau Window & Wall Systems. "Today’s apprentices are tomorrow’s skilled trades team members who keep our facilities and equipment operating efficiently. Wausau Window and Wall Systems is proud to partner with the State of Wisconsin, our local technical colleges, and our employees in apprenticeship programs.”

Governor Walker included funding for Wisconsin Apprenticeship in the 2015-17 biennial budget. Under the Governor's leadership, DWD has taken steps to modernize and reinforce the state's Registered Apprenticeship program 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 Apprenticeship Week Proclamation

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