Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, 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
Monday, July 11, 2016
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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DWD Officials Highlight Apprenticeship Partnerships as part of Governor Walker's 'Cabinet on the Road'
Deputy Secretary Maxwell and Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson make multiple stops highlighting DWD's Registered Apprenticeship program
MADISON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell and Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson visited three employers on Monday July 11, highlighting DWD's successful partnership with different industries through the state's Registered Apprenticeship program. The stops were part of Governor Walker's Cabinet on the Road tour through Western Wisconsin.
"Governor Walker has made talent development a top priority since taking office, and programs like Registered Apprenticeship are at the center of that strategy," Deputy Secretary Maxwell said. "By gathering information from our stakeholders including apprentices, educators and employers, we continuously improve these vital programs."
At the end of 2015, roughly 10,000 individuals were participating in Wisconsin's Registered Apprenticeship program. Apprentices work and train from day one, which helps employers address the shortage of skilled workers and their ongoing need for a highly skilled workforce.
"The Registered Apprenticeship program provides workers the chance to earn while they learn and allows employers to invest in their skilled workforce by providing training and a clear career latter that promotes upward mobility," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "I encourage all employers to contact DWD and consider this proven talent development program."
Today, DWD made three stops as part of Governor Walker's Cabinet on the Road tour:
- Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell toured Quanex Building Products in Rice Lake to highlight DWD's Registered Apprenticeship program. Quanex is a new program participant and currently employs four maintenance mechanic apprentices.
- Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson visited Riverland Electric Cooperative in Arcadia and delivered remarks to the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Associations District 2 members. After touring the facility and observing a power safety demo, Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson met with the active apprentices to hear about their experiences with the program.
- Deputy Secretary Maxwell toured Bosch Packaging Technologies highlighting their commitment to the Registered Apprenticeship program. Bosch currently employs four machinist and four electromechanical technician apprentices.
For more information on Registered Apprenticeship or any other DWD programs,
please contact the DWD Communications Office.