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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

September 8, 2022
CONTACT: DWD Communications

Up to $5 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants Now Available to Employers to Train Unemployed, Underemployed, and Existing Workers

MADISON – Employers are now able to apply for the latest round of Wisconsin Fast Forward grants from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). Up to $5 million in funding is available to employers who demonstrate a critical need for skilled workers and are seeking training grants to develop and implement a business-led skills training program.

The Fast Forward Program encourages the development of innovative solutions at the local and regional level to bring together employers, educators, workforce development entities, and economic development organizations to meet area workforce needs and increase the economic capacity of area residents.

"Wisconsin's historic economic performance combined with demographic trends that have been decades in the making mean many employers are experiencing challenges in finding skilled talent," DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said. "The Fast Forward program helps Wisconsin employers provide customized training to fill their open positions. At the same time, it places workers, including trainees, in positions that offer long-term professional growth and economic opportunity."

Details on who is eligible to apply, application deadlines and award amounts are available in the Grant Program Announcement:

Learn more about the Wisconsin Fast Forward Program.


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.