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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
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DWD Secretary Allen Tours Greenheck Fan to Highlight Youth and Registered Apprenticeship

Visit is part of Governor Walker's Cabinet on the Road Northern Wisconsin Tour

SCHOFIELD – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen toured Greenheck Fan Corporation's facility in Schofield to highlight DWD's Youth and Registered Apprenticeship programs. During the tour, Secretary Allen interacted with youth and registered apprentices who are employed by Greenheck and observed some of the apprentices in action.

"Wisconsin's economy continues to outperform the national economy in multiple economic measures, but even with that success, employers continue to tell me that they struggle to find skilled workers for open positions," Secretary Allen said. "DWD's Youth and Registered Apprenticeship allow employers to build their own talent pipeline for current and future vacancies."

Greenheck Fan Corporation has been involved in Wisconsin's Registered Apprenticeship program for over 20 years and currently employs 16 apprentices in its Maintenance and Tool and Die operations. In addition to involvement with the Registered Apprenticeship program, Greenheck also has multiple youth apprentices working in engineering.

Secretary Allen's visit occurs the week before Apprenticeship Week, which Governor Scott Walker proclaimed November 14-20 in Wisconsin to recognize the contributions of the program in equipping generations of workers with training to meet employers' needs for skilled talent. Next week will be National Apprenticeship Week, as well.

Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program was established in 1991 and is part of a statewide School-to-Work initiative designed for high school students who want hands-on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction.

In 1911, Wisconsin established the nation's first Registered Apprenticeship program, which was later used as the model for the national program. The program is known for its broad industry engagement, structural integrity and strong return on investment for participating employers. Additionally, employees who participate in the program are able to "earn while they learn," as the program combines hands-on work experience with related classroom instruction.

DWD is working with partners to bridge the Youth and Registered Apprenticeship programs through a system that offers a seamless transition along a career path from high school to family-supporting Registered Apprenticeship opportunities. Currently, there are three bridge program crosswalks established in manufacturing in Wisconsin . DWD is expanding bridge programming to occupations in construction, health care and information technology.

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