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Employers' concerns spark creative solutions

12:04 PM, Mar. 14, 2013  |  Comments
Bruce Trimble
Bruce Trimble
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One of the foremost concerns of employers in the North Central Workforce Development Area is preparing for increased retirement rates as the baby boomer generation grows older.

Nearly 50 percent of the workers in our Workforce Development Area are older than age of 50. This phenomenon, which spans across many industries in our area, will result in the loss of a great deal of institutional knowledge and skill held by those who have been working in their field for many years. In order to address the need for skilled new workers, creative solutions are being employed throughout our region.

Schuette Metals in Rothschild is reaching out to the workers of tomorrow by introducing local students to the welding profession. Armed with a welding simulator, Schuette Metals went on the road to spark the interest of students into the field of welding. The company sponsored an event that allowed welding students to have their work inspected by Schuette's Certified Welding Inspectors. Teams from Mosinee, D.C. Everest, Wausau West and Wausau East high schools participated in the event. Welding equipment was awarded to Wausau East for its top-notch performance.

Following the award's ceremony, Schuette President John Peterson and I gave presentations to the students discussing the various careers available in the manufacturing industry. The students were informed that nearly 70 percent of jobs in Wisconsin will require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. With nearly half of our graduating seniors entering a four-year program, there is incredible opportunity and need for young people to receive training in skilled occupations such as welding.

Educating young people, poised to make critical career decisions, is one way to increase the pipeline for the manufacturing industry as a whole. Information on the benefits of training for a career in manufacturing and the importance of the industry in our state must continue to be shared with the younger generation. It is critical to the health and longevity of not only our region, but the state of Wisconsin and our country.

The North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board is committed to developing and supporting solutions to this and other workforce issues.

For more information about NCWWDB's Employer Services, call me at 715-204-1647 or email btrimble@ncwwdb.org.

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