The course will begin with a discussion of Principles of a Healthy Workforce Ecosystem.  A crucial element of a high-functioning workforce ecosystem is an engaged, multifaceted education and training system. These Principles include knowing your labor market, ensuring career awareness, engaging employers, supporting all learners, creating workforce resiliency, and achieving scale. How communities across the U.S. have used these principles for effective, inclusive workforce and economic development initiatives will be explored.

The remainder of the program will delve into resources, tools, and approaches that you can use to assist employers in your community that are experiencing worker shortages.  Through the course you will learn how WMEP Manufacturing Solutions works to optimize stakeholder value for Wisconsin Manufacturers by expanding their capabilities to grow, be innovative, and achieve operational success.  WMEP’s approach to talent and workforce effectiveness focuses on diagnosing critical workforce skills and competency gaps.

How can businesses become an employer of choice?  The “Winning the War for Talent” model will be presented, highlighting process-oriented ways for companies to recruit, engage and develop talented employees.  Course participants will develop an understanding of changes in approaches that business can undertake to become more successful in their efforts to secure and retain talent.

The program will finish with an up-to-date look at programs, tools, and resources to reach untapped talent pools. New and expanded initiatives at the Wisconsin Department of Workforce to bring people back to work, to build skills, and link employers to the workforce will be discussed.

Workforce housing is often referenced as a barrier to attracting and retaining talent.  Course attendees will have the opportunity to attend the Appleton Workforce Housing Site tour after the conclusion of the Academy program at no additional cost.  Please note that space may be limited.

Overcoming barriers that may prevent potential workers from entering or staying in the job market will be more fully explored at the November 10 Academy webinar.  Information, resources, and examples will be presented, focusing on the challenges of transportation and childcare.

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Workforce Development: Overcoming Barriers and Building Opportunities

  • September 29, 2021
  • Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel
    333 W College Ave.
    Appleton, Wisconsin
    United States