Around the United States, employers and governments have faced problems around an ongoing worker shortage, and steps to alleviate this burden have varied greatly. Businesses like JP Morgan Chase launched their own process based training strategy while others have remained less active.
On the other hand, state governments have considered implementing their own workforce initiatives, but progress on passing these types of bills has continued to raise concerns among politicians.
In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Fast Forward bill was approved by all state senators and 94 out of 98 Assembly representatives. the Wisconsin Business News reported. Plans to begin utilizing money from the $15 million bill are expected to start as early as March 2014.
Employers who wish to receive grant money from the Fast Forward Bill must submit an application on their plans to increase process based training as well as its future hiring initiatives.
"This whole process allows us to be nimble and flexible to be able to meet employers' needs and incentivize and develop talent in high demand areas of the state," Reggie Newson, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, told the source. "It also does something impactful that goes along with what the governor wants to do, which is aligning education, workforce development and economic development to create an economic development outcome."
Wisconsin is primarily focusing on industries like construction and manufacturing, but the bill is intended to also help fill positions that have remained vacant in the state for a long period of time. Customer service positions for example, are one of the most demanding positions with 1,200 to 1,4000 listings on the Job Center of Wisconsin website every week.