Gautam Malik, COO of Stevens Point-based manufacturer Gamber-Johnson, has witnessed first-hand how a multilingual workforce can provide a competitive edge for business.
“The bigger market opportunities today exist outside of America,” Malik said. “Some of these emerging markets like Brazil, India, and China are huge for us, and for us to penetrate those markets, we need to meet people with the right language skill sets.”
Wisconsin leaders from multiple sectors—business, health and human services, nonprofits, education, and community organizations—have drafted recommendations for meeting the state’s current and future workforce and community needs related to language skills and intercultural competencies. These draft recommendations, which draw on insights and ideas shared at a statewide Wisconsin Language Summit in January, will form the basis of the Wisconsin Language Roadmap—a strategic planning document that will identify action items to address the State’s workforce and community language needs. Continue reading