Gov. Walker: Developing Wisconsin's Workforce

Gov. Scott Walker talks about training programs available for Wisconsin employees.

The state has partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address from Gov. Scott Walker once a week. Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed here and here.

Hi, this is Scott Walker.

For months I’ve heard from employers who want to hire more workers, but who can’t find properly trained individuals.  In response we put together a coalition of Wisconsin’s technical colleges, the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation and private businesses to help this skills gap. 

This week the coalition produced tangible results. I visited Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, where we announced a partnership that will result in job specific training for four area employers.

We announced the creation of two 15-week Manufacturing Skills Academy boot camps; one for machine operation and one for welder training. Upon completion, each participant will receive an Entry Level Welding Certificate or a Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator Certificate. Ultimately these boot camps will result in 108 new jobs for skilled workers.

These training programs were created through a grant from the Wisconsin Workforce Partnership Program, which is privately funded by the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation. 

This grant will help bridge the gap between people who want jobs and employers who need skilled workers in the Fond du Lac area. 

I look forward to announcing many more employment and workforce successes all across Wisconsin as we continue to pair those seeking work with employers who are looking to hire. 

Bucky July 22, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Like this something new ? I can't ever remember being hired by someone and not being trained on the job. Im talking old school here.
Bucky July 22, 2012 at 06:11 PM
@ Walker ... I look forward to announcing many more employment and workforce successes stories all across Wisconsin as we continue to loose more jobs in Wisconsin on a regular basis.
Gardenlady July 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM
With 108 jobs we will be just 249,892 shy of Gov Walker's goal.
Keith Best July 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM
It'll still be better then under a Gov. Barrett. (yuk)
Mark July 27, 2012 at 01:23 PM
It just ceases amazes me to see how many people here have nothing better to do than cry and whine about Walker when he is attempting to do what he said he wanted to do and that is create jobs. 108 jobs is better than no jobs or is the problem that they are private sector jobs an not government jobs. We have to tart some where, be it 1 job or 1000 jobs.


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