Tim Sullivan, the former CEO of Bucyrus International Inc. and current unpaid consultant for business and work force development for the state, has released his highly anticipated report detailing the workforce development issues facing the state and offering solutions.
The report, The Road Ahead: Restoring Wisconsin Workforce Development, will now be reviewed by the Council for Workforce Investment and the College and Workforce Readiness Council, both of which Sullivan chairs. The councils will review the report with an eye toward developing policy recommendations that can be introduced during the upcoming legislative session.
The report has a specific focus on the phenomena commonly referred to as the “skills gap.” Job creators from all across Wisconsin have identified a skills gap between the jobs they have available and the workers applying to fill them. Manufacturers, in particular, identify this skills gap as one of the top barriers to business growth.