For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — On Wednesday, Dec. 2, Department of Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell visited the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MACCI) to highlight Youth Apprenticeship (YA) as a talent development program used by area employers to fulfill their need for skilled workers. Her visit was followed by a tour of local businesses that utilize the YA program.
Maxwell’s visit followed Career Development Month — November, as proclaimed by Gov. Scott Walker — which raised awareness of programs like YA, career and technical education, career pathways, and dual enrollment to help students, teachers, parents, counselors, and others learn more about prospects for in-demand occupations.
During her visit Maxwell met with students, educators, counselors, local workforce and education partners, and local technical college representatives. After visiting MACCI, Maxwell toured Marshfield area YA employers Central City Credit Union and Staab Construction.
“It is vital that we continue to build awareness of innovative programs and partnerships across Wisconsin that are supporting career development in our schools and preparing students for a bright future,” Maxwell said. “Northern Wisconsin has a best practice for innovative programs such as the Youth Apprenticeship collaboration between local educators, employers, and the technical college in the Marshfield area. We encourage other employers and workforce stakeholders to study this partnership as they consider ways to develop skilled talent in their areas.”
This year the Youth Apprenticeship Central Wisconsin Consortium has 32 enrollees with 27 employers across nine program areas, including Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources; Architecture & Construction; Finance; Health Services; Hospitality, Lodging & Tourism; Information Technology; Manufacturing; Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics.