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
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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DWD Officials Highlight Talent Development Efforts as Part of Governor Walker's Cabinet on the Road
MADISON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell and Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson made multiple stops today to highlight DWD's efforts to attract and retain skilled talent in Wisconsin. The stops were part of Governor Walker's Cabinet on the Road Tour through Northern Wisconsin.
"Developing the workforce is a central part of Governor Walker's plan to continue growing Wisconsin's economy," DWD Secretary Ray Allen said. "Programs like Youth and Registered Apprenticeship, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and Wisconsin Fast Forward are ensuring that employers have tools available to fill their needs for skilled talent."
DWD administers the state's talent development programs as well as the Unemployment Insurance and Worker's Compensation programs. Under Governor Walker's leadership, DWD has redoubled efforts to develop Wisconsin's workforce and provide customized worker training programs for employers and workers.
Today, DWD officials made the following stops as part of Governor Walker's Cabinet on the Road Tour:
- Deputy Secretary Maxwell visited Pine Brook Farms Restaurant in Spooner and Gordy's Market in Hayward to highlight DWD's efforts to assist individuals with disabilities in acquiring gainful employment and experiencing the dignity that comes with work.
- Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson toured Bretting Manufacturing along with officials from the Department of Financial Institutions and the Department of Revenue to highlight Wisconsin's strong manufacturing sector.
- Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson met with officials from the Ashland Chamber of Commerce to discuss DWD's efforts to train and retain workers, and discuss the services offered to employers and job seekers through DWD's job centers.
- Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson toured Golden Living Center in Superior to highlight DWD's Youth Apprenticeship program and promote the Youth Apprenticeship to Registered Apprenticeship "bridge" concept. The "bridge" aims to provide high school students with a direct career path from a Youth Apprenticeship experience into a family sustaining Registered Apprenticeship occupation.