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Workforce Readiness
Human resource professionals in the state of Wisconsin understand the role that a quality workforce plays in our successful business and economic environment. Our goal is to create an awareness of the importance of the partnership of business, education, government and community in developing a well-prepared, high-quality workforce. Our efforts will assist businesses in recruiting, retaining and promoting employees at all levels.
What is Workforce Readiness? It depends on who you ask! It is one big subject, ranging from the most basic entry level skills to the training for positions that require highly technical or highly educated individuals.
Workforce Readiness includes the preparation of a qualified workforce through the public schools, vocational and technical colleges, adult educational opportunities, remedial employee training, and continual professional development. This is achieved through assessment, awareness and collaboration by business and industry, educators, the local community, and government.
While the term “readiness” implies pre-employment competencies that bring talent to the workplace, we know that workforce development issues may also apply to members of our incumbent workforce needing remedial training or lacking in skills to move them beyond entry level positions.
Why Workforce Readiness? Workforce readiness efforts will help ensure that there are adequate quantities of trained, reliable workers to meet the needs of business and industry, now and in the future. Jobs that are technical and service oriented, require increased interpersonal, communication, problem solving and decision making skills. Some of these skills must be developed, such as work ethic, attendance reliability, and good judgment skills. Worker training also provides improved skills and behaviors such as interpersonal communications, team building, and technical job-specific knowledge which can increase productivity and reduce turnover.
Getting Started / Chapter Resources Getting started is easy. Begin with a plan, based on your chapter’s size and level of commitment – are you looking for short or long term involvement? Next, determine who your potential collaborators are and develop a partnership; the best place to start is with an organization with shared goals or objectives. If you don’t want to start with your own program, partner with an organization with an existing program.
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Helen Englebert

Helen Englebert, SPHR

WI State Council Workforce Readiness Director
Moraine Park Technical College
235 N. National Avenue
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Phone: (920) 739-0940


Helen is in her first year as State Workforce Readiness Director for the Wisconsin Council-Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), having just completed her second term as the State Leadership Director. Under her past leadership as State Director for WI SHRM, the Council received the Superior Honor Merit award in 2001 and 2002. Helen has been involved with many SHRM conferences throughout the state, and co-chaired in Appleton in 2000. Helen also served on the national SHRM Central Region Board of Directors, and chaired the Central Region SHRM Foundation scholarship committee. Following her year as Chapter President, Helen was awarded the Career Achievement Award for her contributions to the Green Bay Area Chapter-SHRM in 2009.

As part of the Economic and Workforce Development area of Moraine Park Technical College, Helen Englebert partners with organizations to identify their needs and to provide performance-minded solutions to support their business strategies. She is a certified trainer for MSCEIT Emotional Intelligence and Achieve Global Leadership and Customer Service. Helen serves on the NEW North Educational Attainment Committee, and is involved with the NEW Manufacturing Alliance and South Central Chapter of ASTD.

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