Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 31, 2014
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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Secretary Newson Visits Schneider, Highlights Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant to Help Trucking Industry Leader Train 100 New Drivers
Urges other employers to apply for $8 million available under new round of WFF awards
GREEN BAY – During a visit to Schneider today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson said Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) initiative is providing the trucking industry leader a grant of $28,150 to help train 100 new hires as drivers, and he urged other employers to apply for a new third round of grants.
"Wisconsin is a leading manufacturing state known around the world for quality goods produced by skilled workers, and it takes a skilled, talented logistical team to deliver the goods," Secretary Newson said. "Schneider, a great Wisconsin company, has long been a national leader in the trucking industry, and we are pleased to award them a Wisconsin Fast Forward grant, help them hire and train new drivers, and keep Wisconsin's economy moving forward."
Secretary Newson met with Paul Kardish, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and other members of the Schneider team and took a brief tour of the driver training area.
“Because of Schneider’s strong alliance with the Department of Workforce Development, we are excited about putting Wisconsin residents back to work through the Department’s Fast Forward training grant," Executive Vice President Kardish said. "The Wisconsin Fast Forward training grant provides great support to Schneider’s Highway Ready for Wisconsin Program and provides an opportunity for individuals to receive excellent training in order to have safe, successful driving careers.”
While visiting Schneider, Secretary Newson also urged other employers and potential partners in training projects to submit proposals for a recently announced third round of Wisconsin Fast Forward grants.
"As announced just this week, Wisconsin Fast Forward is moving into high gear with this new round of grants," Secretary Newson said. "We intend to award $8 million for customized worker training, exceeding what we've awarded thus far, under Governor Walker's innovative, state-funded worker training program."
Based on a comprehensive analysis of pressing workforce needs, the DWD Office of Skills Development (OSD) set the following categories, each with separate 2014 application deadlines and a range of possible grant awards:
- September 23: Manufacturing Occupations, $5,000 to $400,000
- September 30: Construction Trades and Related Occupations and Transportation, Logistics and Distribution Occupations, $5,000 to $400,000
- October 7: Financial Services Occupations and Information Technology Occupations, $5,000 to $400,000
- October 14: Customer Service Occupations, $5,000 to $400,000
- October 21: Agriculture and Related Occupations and Health Care and Related Occupations, $5,000 to $400,000; and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees, $5,000 to $50,000
Early last year, Governor Walker proposed the WFF initiative, which lawmakers quickly approved with overwhelming bipartisan support. WFF encourages partnerships between employers and workforce and economic development organizations.
WFF targets funding to meet pressing needs for skilled workers and it includes accountability measures to ensure the state funds are well spent. The Department of Workforce Development's Office of Skills Development administers the program and monitors funded projects to ensure that unemployed trainees are hired and incumbent trainees receive a pay increase.
For additional third round details, visit: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/wff/announcements.htm