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Madison – Earlier this week, Governor Scott Walker announced the first phase of his “Wisconsin Working” plan to improve Workforce Training and connect Wisconsinites with available jobs.  Below is a sampling of what others have been saying about the Governor’s plan.

Wisconsin Independent Businesses: “In a recent survey of our members, we heard from a surprising number of small, independent business owners who are having difficulty finding skilled workers for open positions. These businesses need other options besides help wanted signs in the store window and ads in the newspaper. We applaud Governor Walker and the newly-created Special Cabinet on Economic and Workforce Investment for their efforts to bring together job seekers and local businesses in need of skilled workers. We look forward to working with Governor Walker and legislators to put the “Wisconsin Working” plan in place.”

National Federation of Independent Businesses:  “The terrible irony in this economy is that we have a lot of people searching for jobs but not enough of them are qualified for the positions available.  The Governor has very obviously been listening to Wisconsin’s small business owners about the need for a better qualified workforce that can meet the demands of a modern economy.”

Wisconsin Economic Development Association:   “WEDA supports Governor Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Working plan, which directs policies and resources toward enhancing Wisconsin’s training and recruitment services.  Facilitating connections between job seekers and employers, as well as strengthening the skill sets of individuals, is welcomed news for all segments of Wisconsin’s economy…Wisconsin is in the middle of a skills gap and the Special Cabinet on Economic and Workforce Investment is tasked with ensuring that Wisconsin’s most critical resource, our workers, are prepared to compete in the 21st Century. A highly skilled workforce is the competitive advantage that can get Wisconsin’s economic engine hitting on all cylinders.”

Independent Business Association of Wisconsin: ““We applaud Governor Walker and the newly?created Special Cabinet on Economic and Workforce Investment and their efforts towards creating 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin. Their efforts to connect workers to employers and creating incentives for employers to hire under employed workers for job training, will certainly help fill the skills gap between the unemployed and the current laborers.”

Wisconsin Retail Association: “We applaud Governor Walker and the newly-created Special Cabinet on Economic and Workforce Investment for their efforts to connect workers to employers and creating incentives for employers to hire under employed workers for job training. One of the common complaints from our members is the gap between the skills needed for their open positions and the skills that unemployed people bring to the table. We look forward to working with Governor Walker and legislators to put the “Wisconsin Working” plan in place.”

Miron Construction: “We’re fortunate here in Wisconsin to have one of the most skilled workforces in the entire country.  Our leaders in Madison continue to play a part through their support and commitment to the Wisconsin workforce. Wisconsin Working helps lay the groundwork to connect people who need jobs with businesses that need workers. Despite the budget challenges we face as a state, we’re encouraged that Governor Walker has launched this effort to kick-start our state’s workforce.”