Last week I had the privilege of serving as one of two representatives from the Wisconsin Technical College System to participate in the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Summit. This conference was sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine. About 40 industry executives, workforce and education leaders, and apprenticeship policy makers gathered for three days to review, discuss, and make recommendations for the future of Wisconsin’s 104-year-old apprenticeship system.
The Governor kicked off this summit along with Roger Dower, president of the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread; Reggie Newson, secretary of the WI Department of Workforce Development; John Ladd, administrator in the Office of Apprenticeship at the US Department of Labor; and Karen Morgan, director of the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards for the WI DWD. The summit focused on the key issue of ensuring that Wisconsin has the skilled workforce it needs, with an emphasis on how apprenticeship serves as one of the key solutions for building this pipeline of future workers.