On September 27-29, WEDA held its 2017 Fall Conference – A Convening on Workforce Training, Retention, and Attraction – in Elkhart Lake, WI at the beautiful Osthoff Resort. The conference, which focuses exclusively on workforce development, employed a new format to gather feedback from Wisconsin private and public stakeholders on the state’s workforce development challenges and potential solutions.
In addition to hosting a Joint Informational Hearing of the Assembly and Senate Workforce Development Committees, the conference featured a series of tabletop discussion sessions that included Wisconsin businesses, economic development professionals, and workforce development professionals. For the first tabletop discussion session, conference attendees were asked to respond to five questions regarding workforce challenges facing Wisconsin businesses; the strengths and weaknesses of current state workforce programs; and potential improvements to Wisconsin workforce programs and policies.
Please CLICK HERE to review a report that provides an overview of the feedback received from conference attendees during the tabletop discussion referenced above and through a written survey that asked the same five questions. The report identifies common themes generated during the discussion (and on the written survey) and attaches a response percentage to the top themes that emerged. Please note the survey is in no way scientific. However, WEDA believes it reflects the opinions of Fall Conference attendees on critical workforce development issues facing Wisconsin.