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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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DWD Announces Wisconsin Fast Forward Jump Start Grant Program

Worker training grants available for entry-level workers

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced today that applications are being accepted for accelerated Wisconsin Fast Forward Jump Start grants that will help businesses tap into a new source of employees. Grant applications ranging from $5,000 to $200,000 will be considered. Deadline for applying is 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

With the Wisconsin unemployment rate at or below 3 percent for the last nine consecutive months, employers are finding it challenging to find and retain workers, stretching their existing staff to bear the workload, including entry-level tasks.

By focusing on people who have never been employed or who are chronically underemployed, the Fast Forward Jump Start program will help employers recruit from an unconventional population and find entry-level employees to perform basic, yet crucial, job functions. The benefits from using entry-level workers include:

Employers, consortia of employers or organizations are encouraged to apply for Jump Start grants to develop and implement a skills training program that will target entry-level workers. The program is open to all industry sectors. Grant applicants should prioritize recruiting potential trainees from at-risk, vulnerable or special populations.

To learn more about the accelerated Jump Start grant program, please visit http://wisconsinfastforward.com/wff_standard.htm.

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