Governor Scott Walker signed the Wisconsin Fast Forward program into law earlier this year with the near-unanimous support of the State Legislature. Wisconsin Fast Forward helps address the state's need for skilled workers. The program created worker training grants and makes other investments to prepare workers for jobs available today and in the years to come.
Wisconsin Fast Forward will make up to $15 million in grants available to support employer-led worker training. The Department of Workforce Development's new Office of Skills Development (OSD) will administer the program.
A third component of Wisconsin Fast Forward includes resources to develop a cutting-edge labor market information system in the future. Not only will the system provide real-time labor intelligence, but it will also serve as an effective forum to connect job seekers and employers with available jobs.
As a business owner, I know firsthand that seeking qualified candidates for skilled positions is a constant challenge. Wisconsin Fast Forward represents a unique approach that can help businesses in Wisconsin recruit and train employees to meet our skill requirements.
- Mary Isbister, Business Owner and Governor's Council on Workforce Investment Chair
Developing Wisconsin’s workforce is a top priority of my Administration, and the Wisconsin Fast Forward program plays a key role by targeting resources to demand-driven training that ensures job creators can hire qualified workers who have the skills needed for good, family-supporting careers.
- Governor Scott Walker