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
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
On the Web: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/news.htm
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WIWorkforce
On Twitter: @WIWorkforce
DWD Secretary Urges Employers to Apply For $8 Million in Customized Worker Training Grants through Wisconsin Fast Forward
MADISON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson is urging employers to apply for customized worker training grants under Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) initiative when application materials for the current round are available September 2. This round of WFF includes a total of $8 million covering nine occupational categories including for the first time agriculture and related businesses.
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
For additional third round details, visit: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/wff/announcements.htm.
Early last year, Governor Walker proposed the $15 million WFF initiative, which lawmakers quickly approved with overwhelming bipartisan support. WFF encourages partnerships between employers, training partners 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.
To learn how to apply for grants or for more information, visit www.WisconsinFastForward.com.