Wisconsin, along with much of the nation, currently faces a workforce paradox – unemployment rates higher than most current workers can remember, and manufacturers limited by their ability to find skilled workers.The following presentations are from the 2012 Workforce Paradox Conference, where nearly 300 people gathered to begin the discussion of solving the skills shortage issue.

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The following four presentations are from state leaders sharing their opinions on ensuring a qualified workforce for Wisconsin employers:

From the Mouths of Manufacturers – A Summary of Conversations with Wisconsin Employers WMC Foundation President Jim Morgan shares his insights from meetings with more than 300 of Wisconsin’s business leaders in manufacturing.

Workforce Development = Economic Development Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO and Secretary Paul Jadin outlines the role the state’s new private/public partnership will play in ensuring a quality workforce.

Wisconsin – the Workforce of Choice Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson provides an update on the work of DWD and its partners to help employers find the skilled workers they need and advance Wisconsin’s economy.

Shrinking the Skills Gap:  One Manufacturer’s View Ariens Company President & CEO Dan Ariens shares his insight on ensuring a qualified workforce.


Several local and regional business leaders shared their experiences as they continue to build successful business-education partnerships.

Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Manufacturing Alliance: “You Can Make it in Northeast Wisconsin” The Alliance has close to 100 members, mostly manufacturers that employ over 30 percent of the manufacturing employment in the eighteen county region, and is working to transform the image of manufacturing and proactively reaching out to our future workforce.

Ariens Technology & Engineering Education Center: A Model Partnership The Ariens Technology & Engineering Education Center at the Brillion High School came together in 2007 through the vision of technology and engineering instructor Steve Meyer and the resources of Ariens Company.

A community’s response to the issues surrounding workforce development From problem identification to advanced program development, Fond du Lac is attacking the issue of a workforce shortage and skill deficiencies on multiple fronts.

Manufacturing Works and Gold Collar Careers Gold Collar Careers is working to ensure there will be enough talented and technically educated individuals available for area manufacturers to hire.

Capturing the Hearts & Minds of the Next Generation of Skilled Workers The Waukesha County Business Alliance, through their Manufacturing Alliance, has been focusing on helping manufacturers attract the talent they need through a variety of programs. Wisconsin’s Career Pathways (Online Presentation) Click here for more information on Wisconsin’s Career Pathways website and how it combines Career Clusters and Pathways, Programs of Study, and Student Plans of Study.

Contact WMC President/CEO Kurt Bauer for more information, 608.258.3400.