MADISON – How can employers, educators and communities boost local talent pools to strengthen Wisconsin’s workforce and help our economy thrive?
Strategies such as expanding apprenticeship, supporting veterans, tapping people with disabilities, and hiring justice-involved individuals will be at the forefront as the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) continues its “Winning with Wisconsin’s Workforce” forums. The statewide series of events highlights workforce development initiatives, available funding, resources to aid competitiveness, and local successes with worker recruitment and retention.
The free forums are organized by DWD, Wisconsin’s regional Workforce Development Boards, and local partners. Employers, educators, community leaders, nonprofit service providers, and more are encouraged to attend. Interested participants can learn more at the Winning with Wisconsin’s Workforce Events website and register for any of the upcoming sessions.
The upcoming forums will run from Aug. 1 to Sept. 26, 2023. They will build on events hosted in quarters one and two earlier this year. The third round of free events will focus on promoting workforce participation, highlighting strategies such as apprenticeships, teen employment, work opportunities for people with disabilities, job center resources, and more.”The statewide series of Winning with Wisconsin’s Workforce events support employers, community leaders, and other stakeholders in their workforce development efforts,” said DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek. “Attending one of these events near you will enable you to hear success stories, discover fresh workforce strategies, and network with industry professionals.”
The 11 workforce development areas feature integrated business service teams that work with employers to find solutions when it comes to recruiting qualified workers, retaining well-trained employees, accessing workforce planning resources, and building staff diversity through a broad pool of skilled job candidates.Featured speakers at the “Winning with Wisconsin’s Workforce” events will include leaders of the local workforce development boards, DWD and administration officials, top local employers, and local workforce resource experts.The third round of events will take place in the following communities:
- Southeast Region: Aug. 1, Sussex
- Northwest Region: Aug. 10, Hayward
- Fox Valley Region: Sept. 12, Oshkosh
- Bay Area Region: Sept. 13, Green Bay
- North Central Region: Sept. 15, Rhinelander
- Southwest Region: Sept. 20, Monroe
- Western Region: Sept. 26, Onalaska