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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, May 17, 2018
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DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Dernbach Lauds Strong Youth Apprenticeship Partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Industriess

STURGEON BAY – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary BJ Dernbach visited N.E.W. Industries in Sturgeon Bay to highlight the state's Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program. N.E.W. Industries is working with two students this year and seeks to expand the program in their company.

"Businesses like N.E.W. Industries know Youth Apprenticeship is a program for our future; not only for business but for students and Wisconsin's workforce as well," Assistant Deputy Secretary Dernbach said. "With unemployment at a historic low of 2.8% and workforce participation at an all-time high, preparing young Wisconsinites before they enter the job market is crucial."

During the 2017-2018 school year, the program had 4,335 student enrollees from 363 schools working at 3,031 Wisconsin employers. The annual earnings of the student enrollees are estimated to be over $19 million. N.E.W. Industries is participating in a manufacturing youth apprenticeship and STEM apprenticeship, both programs have seen a state-wide increase in both business and student participation.

"The 'Skills for the Future' Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship program is simply excellent,” said Chris Moore, President, CEO and Owner of the company. "In our experience, the students are bright, inquisitive and industrious. They are able to gain valuable real-world knowledge, skills and experience during their time with us, while they also contribute to our continuous improvement efforts and success as a part of our team. This program clearly facilitates more young people being exposed to the tremendous career opportunities in manufacturing in Wisconsin, which is also so critically important to our State’s economy. We are extremely pleased to be a part of this strong program."

For more information on Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program, visit DWD's website.

About N.E.W. Industries

N.E.W. Industries has offered consistent quality, service and value to our customers since 1983. We provide complete parts and assemblies to a diversified group of premier O.E.M's across the country.

We manufacture complete, finished CNC production machined parts and machined weldments. We work with a wide variety of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastics, and other materials in bar, plate, cast and forged configurations. We also coordinate a full spectrum of secondary operations.