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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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Developing Wisconsin’s Workforce: Lt. Governor Highlights Innovative Wisconsin Fast Forward Worker Training Program at Schuette, Inc.

ROTHSCHILD – Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson today toured Schuette, Inc.–Metals Division to celebrate successful completion of Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) grant-funded training for workers at the Wausau-area manufacturer.

"Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Fast Forward program helps fuel business growth by funding customized skills training for workers," said Lt. Governor Kleefisch. "The program’s success is moving Wisconsin’s economy forward through effective workforce solutions that are benefiting hundreds of employers and thousands of employees."

DWD awarded a $191,935 Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training grant to the North Central Workforce Development Board (NCWWDB) for its Advanced Integrated Manufacturing project to train up to 140 incumbent workers employed by 15 area businesses, including Schuette, Inc. Training is being provided through Northcentral and Nicolet Technical Colleges in advanced blueprint reading and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.

DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said, "Wisconsin Fast Forward has awarded 145 grants to provide training assistance to nearly 13,800 workers at more than 300 businesses. To date we have awarded many collaborative training grants, which enable companies like Schuette to deliver highly customized training to upskill employees and increase their income earning potential."

Governor Walker’s WFF program was quickly approved with overwhelming bipartisan support from lawmakers in 2013 to address the skills gap through a $15 million investment in grants to employers for customized skills training to fill current job openings and ongoing skill requirements. The program is administered by DWD’s Office of Skills Development, which had developed an effective process that enables businesses to easily apply for grants and ensures that unemployed trainees are hired and incumbent trainees receive a pay raise.

To learn more about WFF, visit: WisconsinFastForward.com

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