MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today announced $1.2 million in additional employment and training assistance to help approximately 1,600 dislocated workers across the state learn new job skills.
“Wisconsin employers, manufacturers in particular, have jobs to fill, but say they can’t find workers with the right skills,” Governor Walker said.
“The federal funding will help meet their needs by providing additional employment and training assistance to dislocated workers, so that they can gain new skills and pursue the good jobs that are now available, as well as those we are working to help employers create.”
The $1.2 million in federal funding is being allocated by Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson to six Workforce Development Areas (WDAs). The six DWD partners will expand services to workers laid off at 48 companies.
Approximately $1.8 million has been awarded to nine partners since July 1, 2012.
Dislocated workers should contact their local Job Centers for assistance that can include testing, career counseling, retraining and
job placement. For job center locations, they can call toll-free,
1-888-258-9966, or visit www.wisconsinjobcenter.org/directory/. Statewide job listings are available on the DWD website, www.JobCenterOfWisconsin.com.
Grant Recipients and awards since July 1, 2012:
In Western Wisconsin, $557,234 will assist workers from Community Healthcare Partners, Cumberland Memorial Hospital, Pactiv Corporation, K-Mart - Rice Lake, Hutchinson Technology, iPacesetters and Johnson Controls