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Tony Evers, Governor
Caleb Frostman, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Monday, Jan. 27, 2020
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DWD Looks to Enhance Wisconsin Apprenticeship with Insight from World's Foremost Experts

Secretary and Bureau Director part of Wisconsin delegation exploring and studying Germany's internationally-renown apprenticeship program

MADISON (1/27/20) – A delegation from Wisconsin, including the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Caleb Frostman and Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Director Joshua Johnson, will travel to Germany in February to study and experience firsthand some of the world's leading apprenticeship programs. In 2018, the German delegation visited Wisconsin to learn about our state's first-in-the-nation Registered Apprenticeship program and to share best practices.

The study tour, sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, German Trade Union Confederation and the German Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training, will visit the cities of Cologne, Bonn and Berlin.

The delegation will observe and study apprenticeship in Germany and how German apprenticeship operates in partnership between vocational schools and companies, while often providing greater academic credentialing as part of its standard programs. Specific visits are planned at Ford's Cologne Engine, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Cologne, OSZ Automotive Technology in Berlin and BVG, Berlin's public transportation company.

"In many respects, Wisconsin's highly successful apprenticeship programs have been modeled after Germany," DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman said. "The Evers Administration and DWD are firm believers in the earn and learn model of apprenticeship for strengthening our workforce and our economy. Incorporating best practices from the world's leader in apprenticeship is an integral part of our ongoing workforce development strategy in 2020 and beyond."

The study tour takes place Feb. 2-9, 2020.