Provide a sustainable pipeline of appropriately trained and work ready individuals to support the needs of business and industry in Washington County.
What is it?
A collaboration of employers, educators, social and human service agencies and economic development organizations in Washington County.
Why was it formed?
A survey of employers done in 2012 by MPTC to better understand workforce issues, particularly the impending retirements of the Baby Boom generation, was published in early 2013. Employers expressed concern about the future workforce given the large number of anticipated retirements in the next 3-5 years and especially in light of the widely publicized skills gap which many were experiencing first hand as they were hiring to support the economic recovery that was underway. A task force was formed in April 2013 to develop strategies to address these issues and Tom Hostad of Broan-Nutone was asked to lead the group.
Who is involved?
Early team members included reps from Broan-Nutone, Signicast, Steelcraft, Regal Ware, Aurora and Froedtert. They were joined by school district administrators/superintendents from Hartford, Slinger, Kewaskum and West Bend. United Way of Washington County joined the team as they rolled out their Mobilize Communities strategy. Reps from Workforce Development, MPTC, UWWC, GPS Education Partners and several more employers in the county have also joined.