Gudex circulates workforce legislation

State Sen. Rick Gudex, R-Fond du Lac, is among three state lawmakers circulating a bill that would aim to address deficiencies in Wisconsin’s workforce.

Gudex is teaming up with State Sen. Rob Cowles, R-Green Bay, and State Rep. Kathleen Bernier, R-Lake Hallie, on legislation that “makes a major investment to bolster Wisconsin’s workforce,” according to a news release.

The lawmakers cited Department of Workforce Development statistics that highlight two ways the state lags behind others in workforce development: tracking real-time labor market information and the amount of funding that the state provides for worker skills training.

According to the news release, the bill would implement a Labor Market Information System (LMIS) to help direct training resources, help students plan careers and match employers and employees more effectively. It would also create an Office of Skills Development (OSD) within the Department of Workforce Development. The OSD would use grant funding to help provide specific training for employers who need workers with particular skills.

“I believe that these sorts of targeted funding initiatives will help our state create one of the premier workforces in the country,” Gudex said in a statement. “Helping our workers get the skills they need to succeed will help reduce the current skills gap that we face here in Wisconsin, and more currently in-demand jobs will be filled by members of our communities here and across the country. Our most important job here in the Legislature is to help our economy by creating a prime environment to create jobs. The citizens of the 18th Senate District elected me to do that job, and this bill is a down-payment to continue Wisconsin on the road to prosperity.”

Gudex will join U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-6th District, and State Rep. Michael Schraa, R-Town of Algoma, for three joint listening sessions this month:

Waupun
3-4 p.m. on Feb. 16
Waupun Public Library, 123 S. Forest St.
(Large Meeting Room)

Fond du Lac
3:30-4:30 p.m. on Feb. 19
Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan St.
(Eugene G. McLane Meeting Room)

Oshkosh
4-5 p.m. on Feb. 21
City Hall, 215 Church Ave.
(Room 406)

About Jessie Opoien

Jessie Opoien joined the Oshkosh Northwestern as a reporter in December 2011. Politics and education issues are her specialties, but she loves to tell a good story regardless of the topic. You can find her on Twitter as @jessieopie.
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