— A report released by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce say
the double challenge of quality and amount of workforce in the
state could threaten economic growth, especially future growth.
WMC Foundation, through its Future Wisconsin Project, released a
report on Friday that breaks down the state’s workforce
challenges and proposes a variety of recommendations to help grow
Wisconsin’s workforce and the state’s economy well into the
has a math problem,” said Kurt R. Bauer, Wisconsin Manufacturers
& Commerce president and CEO, in a statement. “Our state’s
population growth is stagnant, and that serves as a direct
impediment to job growth and a strong economic future.”
report called Wisconsin Workforce Competitiveness Evaluation used
statistics and interviews with state business leaders to determine
what challenges the state is facing.
findings of the report are broken into six areas of focus:
Attract and Retain Talent
Upskill Existing Workers
Improve Career Pathways
Promote Apprenticeships, Youth Apprenticeships, Internships and
Other Work-Based Learning for Students
Promote Career Awareness
Reach Disconnected Groups “Wisconsin’s workforce challenge can
be broken into two groups: attracting more working-age people and
upskilling the workforce to be ready for the jobs we have
available,” Bauer said. “We need a robust marketing campaign
that brings more people into Wisconsin and we need to be a
national leader when it comes to apprenticeships, internships and
training opportunities for current and future workers.”
ability to attract and keep skilled workers is an urgent need in
rural Wisconsin, according to the report. The report found that
business financing to health care and quality of life were all
factors in finding available workers with the right skills.
Eighty-seven percent of respondents reported that employers have
trouble finding people with the right technical skills, and 64
percent indicate difficulty finding individuals with good
“soft” skills such as reliability, teamwork and communication.
report includes some recommendations to address the workforce
Increase state funding for talent attraction and retention
initiatives to make Wisconsin the unquestioned national leader in
securing the state’s future workforce.
Craft incentive programs to attract various types of individuals:
high-skill, middle-skill, and entry-level workers. Use Department
of Workforce Development data to fine-tune the people and skills to
Continue to emphasize military veterans as a key target for talent
Increase coordination of efforts between employers and the public
sector, and between local, regional, and state agencies, with
goals of consistent messaging and reduced duplication of effort.
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