Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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DWD Launches Updated Wisconsin Fast Forward Website
Improved access to application resources designed helps applicants apply for grants
MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen today announced the launch of the updated Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) website with improved access to program resources, including available application materials for Wisconsin manufacturer worker training grants.
"Under Governor Scott Walker's leadership, DWD launched Wisconsin Fast Forward website enhancements to streamline program information and worker training grant application resources," said Secretary Allen. "We are currently accepting applications for innovative training projects to help Wisconsin manufacturers develop in-demand job skills for their current and future workforce."
The newly redesigned WFF website improves program information organization, making important resources available from every page, such as access to the online grant application system.
Manufacturing grant applications are due on December 7, 2016 and range from $5,000 to $400,000. Eligible worker training grant applications must:
- Mitigate a critical workforce problem for Wisconsin employers;
- Addresses a documented workforce demand supported by local, regional, or statewide labor data; and
- Results in training participants finding and retaining employment or incumbent workers earning higher wages.
In 2013, Governor Walker proposed the WFF initiative which was approved by the Wisconsin State Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support. WFF encourages partnerships between employers and workforce and economic development organizations to provide worker training that is not readily available through existing education or training providers. Over $18 million in WFF grant contracts has been issued to date, supporting nearly 200 worker training projects and benefitting hundreds of employers and thousands of workers across Wisconsin.
Explore WFF website enhancements and apply for grants at: http://wisconsinfastforward.com.