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4:33 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Gov. Walker Signs Youth Apprenticeship Bill In Rhinelander

Gov. Walker and Nicolet College President Elizabeth Burmaster
Credit Ken Krall-WXPR

Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill in Rhinelander that he says will help employers get more skilled workers to companies. Youth Apprenticeship integrates high school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in skills defined by Wisconsin industries. It works with local school districts and the area technical colleges.

Stopping at Nicolet College to sign the Youth Apprenticeship Walker says the bill passed both legislative chambers with just one "no" vote, showing broad bi-partisan support. The program is already in action, but the new funding enlarges the program. 1900 students went through the program last year Walker says...

 

"....we were able to put a half-million(more) in each year...for a total of $4.6 million dollars that will be invested in this program. And in doing so, we'll be able to place 550 more individuals into this youth apprenticeship program...."

Governor Walker signing Youth Apprenticeship Training Bill in Rhinelander
Credit Ken Krall-WXPR

Walker says manufacturing, agriculture, architecture, information technology and healthcare are targeted for apprenticeships. Walker says the business community needs skilled workers in these areas now...

 

"....many of our employers across the state, particularly our small and mid-sized employers would add more work but they're a little bit resistant to do that right now until they know they can fill the positions they have for things like high-skilled welders, CNC operators, machinists, tool-and-dye operators...."

 

Walker says manufacturing jobs pay more, have more benefits and workers stay longer than many other jobs.