Last week, Governor Walker announced new membership for his Council on Workforce Investment, comprised of state business leaders, elected officials and education representatives. Members of the Council serve as an advisory panel that helps guide the plan to prepare Wisconsin workers to find family-supporting careers in the modern workforce. The Council will provide valuable input as the Governor and Legislature continue to work to address the skills gap and fill employers’ current and future labor market needs.
The Council is a federally-mandated body that advises the Governor and state Department of Workforce Development (DWD) on the allocation of federal workforce development funding. Among the duties of the Council is approving the annual Workforce Investment Act plan required of all states in coordination with Wisconsin’s 12 autonomous workforce investment boards. The membership of the council includes state legislators, local elected officials, and representatives from youth organizations, organized labor, and community-based organizations.