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UPDATE: Gov. Walker unveils workforce development initiatives


EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker is promoting his plan to invest $100 million on job training and development.

$15 million will be set aside for grants to private and public organizations to train workers in areas of greatest need and the creation of a State Office of Skills Development to coordinate training and ensure graduates are prepared for jobs employers need to fill.

"The challenge is, for a lot of our employers, they don't have a lot of people with the skills set needed to fill those jobs.  So in addition to creating more jobs, one of our targets here or key priorities are, getting the skills they need to fill those positions," Walker said during a stop in Eau Claire.

The money will also be used to create a labor management information system to link unemployed workers to job vacancies.


MADISON (WKOW) –- Governor Scott Walker says he wants to invest nearly $100 million to develop the state's work force.

The governor has planned a series of news conferences for Monday where he will focus on workforce development initiatives.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Walker's plan would include money to build a faster system to track jobs data.  It would also tie funding for technical schools and universities to filing high-demand jobs.

The plan would require food stamp recipients who are able and don't have dependent children to enroll in worker training programs to provide them with skills to find jobs.

These proposals are part of the Republican governor's 2013-2015 budget.

He plans to release his full budget proposal on February 20.

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