Whitehouse White Paper

Back in January 2014 the White House came out with a white paperwhitepaper entitled, “Addressing the Negative Cycle of Long-Term Unemployment”. The White House examined the problem of long-term unemployed, along with their perspective of how to get workers back into the pipeline. The document includes commitments from the President including: new investments in areas like infrastructure and manufacturing and steps to better match workers and their skills to currently available jobs. The white paper included numerous graphs and tables identifying age groups and professions, along with unemployed vs employed statistics. Additionally, multiple strategies were identified including the Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP). (Initially created to renew traditional industrial base in the Milwaukee area during the 1990s. Then in 2001, partnered with BIG STEP (Building Industry Group Skilled Trades Employment Program) to facilitate more effective coordination of employer-driven worker readiness to best ensure that individuals preparing for employment gained the skills and experiences that employers needed. WRTP/BIG STEP launched the Center of Excellence for Skilled Trades & Industry in 2005 to develop and expand programs for several major projects in the region and to address the reemergence of the skills shortage in the industrial sector. More than just a physical location, the Center of Excellence serves as a clearinghouse for the assessment, preparation, and placement of job-ready candidates for careers in construction, manufacturing and other emerging sectors.) 

To solve our economy’s challenge, energy and efforts need to be collaborated on from employers, workforce, government and education.  All four providing equal efforts and energy will increase success of our overall economy.

Read here the White House white paper identifying numerous key intermediaries helping to connect the long-term unemployed to work.

About Timmothy Boettcher

Business Career Originally recruited in 1998 as a software engineer to design and develop cutting edge technology for new products, Mr. Boettcher assumed leadership for Research and Development and then Engineering before being named President of Realityworks in 2005. Responsible for total operations, he has driven significant understanding of market opportunities, gatekeepers, and funding in education, healthcare, and public service markets; bolstered production and supply chain efficiencies; acquired and launched new age technology; rebuilt leadership competencies; led growth into the Company’s over 65% US school system and over 90 country presence; and led the implementation of the Company’s ESOP to build on the societal mission of the Company and further the family oriented culture to reward employees for their success in achieving the mission and efforts to drive growth. Focused on high market growth, he has led the Company’s turnaround and achieved double-digit top line growth simultaneously with dramatic profit and cash flow improvement. Mr. Boettcher brings more than twenty years of engineering, product development, and global operations experience in education, advanced technology, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Prior to joining Realityworks, he held positions at Cray Research, a leading manufacturer of the world’s fastest supercomputers and Wal-Mart Distribution, the world’s leader in distribution and logistics. Professional & Community Activities Mr. Boettcher is passionate about building effective connections between our countries workforce development system, economic development programs, and education infrastructure. A solid connection between these systems is needed to ensure our youth and workforce are prepared to be global competitive and ready to take on the challenges and needs faced by industry. In delivering on this passion Mr. Boettcher: - has presented workforce development strategies on the national level for Harvard’s Pathway’s to Prosperity, U.S. Department of Labor, and at many Career and Technical Education events. - established and currently chairs the Industry Workforce Needs Council (IWNC), a national level group of industry leaders that works directly with education to increase support for Career and Technical Education in the country in alignment with industry needs. - served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Career and Technical Education. - chaired the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (Chair) to help establish and lead regional workforce development initiatives. - established and led the Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin (Chair) to help bring critical C-level talent to start-ups and small to mid-sized companies to help them grow. - served on the Board for the Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation (President). - and provides guidance to institutions like the International Business Programs Advisory Council of the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire). Mr. Boettcher also holds seven U.S. and foreign patents.

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