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Tony Evers, Governor
Amy Pechacek, Secretary-designee

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

March 9, 2022
CONTACT: DWD Communications

DWD Announces $3 Million Available in Worker Training Grants

Now Accepting Applications for Employer-led Wisconsin Fast Forward Training Grants

MADISON – Department of Workforce Development Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek today announced the availability of Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) funding of $3.1 million in for employer-led, customized worker training grants and urged employers to collaborate with local partners in proposing skill-building solutions.

The deadline to submit applications is 3 p.m. on April 15. Find more information here.

"With Wisconsin Fast Forward, employers can take the lead, collaborate with regional partners, their technical colleges and workforce development boards, and develop innovative solutions," Pechacek said. "Workers and all who want to work benefit, too, by learning job skills that are in demand and earning a better paycheck as they complete training and advance in their careers."

Pechacek said Wisconsin Fast Forward is one among many ongoing employment and training programs that the workforce agency provides with its partners to build and strengthen Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond. Other efforts to reduce employment barriers and expand skills are taking shape through the Evers' Administration's historic $130 million Workforce Solutions Initiative.

"Through these investments and the remarkable resilience of employers and workers alike, Wisconsin is bouncing back from the pandemic with an unprecedented economic recovery," Pechacek said.

The current round of Wisconsin Fast Forward grants will range from $5,000 to $400,000. Awards require a 50% cash or in-kind employer match. The grant program is open to all industry sectors. The training must provide transferrable skills. Individuals eligible for training are current employees, underemployed workers, and the unemployed.

The program sets the following thresholds to receive funding. At a minimum,

In the previous round of funding, awarded in December 2021, 1,496 individuals began customized training in projects to meet the workforce needs of 43 businesses. The training began under 19 contracted grants totaling nearly $2.2 million. By sector, the list includes:


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Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development efficiently delivers effective and inclusive services to meet Wisconsin's diverse workforce needs now and for the future. The department advocates for and invests in the protection and economic advancement of all Wisconsin workers, employers and job seekers through six divisions – Employment and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation, Unemployment Insurance, Equal Rights, Worker's Compensation and Administrative Services. To keep up with DWD announcements and information, sign up for news releases and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.