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Oct 31, 201710:45 AMInside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

As workforce growth slows, new approaches are needed to meet demand

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Why veterans? About 175,000 leave the military each year and the experience generally equips them to be disciplined, reliable, apt to solve problems, and work well within a team. Many also come with core technical skills that can translate to the private sector with training.

Winters said targeted programs such as the advanced manufacturing academy make sense because they can leverage an under-utilized source of talent — such as military veterans — and quickly produce people who are ready to work their first day on the job.

“If you’re not already recruiting veterans, give it a second look,” Winters said.

The academy is basically a free program for those who apply and are selected, Stultz said. The application process will begin later this year. Learn more here:

The academy has the backing of Rockwell Automation’s chief executive officer, Blake Moret, as well as Jonas Prising, the chairman and chief executive officer for Manpower. While not directly born from the Wisconsin campaign to recruit Foxconn Technology Group to Racine County, it’s part of a larger effort to ensure there are enough workers to meet Foxconn’s needs over time. As Stultz noted, Foxconn has a “hard buy-in” to the academy.

Despite dire warnings of a coming “robocalypse,” in which robots displace workers by the millions, Manpower predicts there will be 3.5 million new jobs in U.S. manufacturing by 2027. There is no single solution for filling those jobs, but innovative partnerships such as the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing can help.

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Nov 1, 2017 10:24 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

After 27 years I am leaving the state and frankly giving up on trying to educate the business community on the needs of young workers and their families . After all with declining birth rates and an aging workforce state wide in the majority of counties, a key part is attracting young families or younger workers who will stay to create families. If you look at the upcoming workforce summit there is nothing on the agenda that relates to this. Not surprisingly the one county and city that took this on as economic development strategy 40 years ago Dane/Madison has the highest growth rate in the state including and influx of skilled younger workers. When the child care subsidy system worked well under Tommy Thompson you saw the widespread growth of big box stores etc. because there was a sudden increase in the workforce needed to staff them (due to child care and medicaid subsidies). The place that gets the young workers and their families will grow the rest will become large open spaces with a limited economy and minimal services for the few people who live there. I moved here because I saw a place that was doing a lot of innovative approaches (at least in Dane) I leave sadly a state where a lot of that energy has been destroyed mainly by corruption, a denial of science and an inability to adjust to new cultures or ideas even those of your own children. It is sad but then Wisconsin is the place where dreams go to die. And Dane county is the 21st century surrounded by an increasingly dying state.

Nov 2, 2017 04:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

New innovative approaches to boosting the younger workforce. Agree with training of vets but maybe someone in the business community should be pressuring legislators to pass DACA legislation to retain those workers and students? Or maybe get them to pass comprehensive immigration reform? Rare is the state that will be able to replace its aging workforce given the reduced birthrate of the existing population. And yes, I totally agree with the previous commenter that jobs and young people will go to states that provide support for education, provide cultural amenities and where the culture is open and welcoming. Spending 3 billion on education, transportation and support of small businesses and entrepreneurs would be a better future investment than sinking that in one foreign company. And spending your time on idiotic stuff like limiting women’s control of their healthcare decisions, voter ID, telling professors how and what to teach etc is not going to create that welcoming environment. Maybe we don’t need so much innovation but just some governmental common sense. Bob

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Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.



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