November 6, 2013
Wisconsin Fast Forward Program builds Worker Training Opportunities for High-Need Industries
MADISON- Today, Governor Walker released that the Office of Skills Development (OSD) at the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will begin accepting application for grants in the Wisconsin Fast Forward Program, co-authored by Senator Cowles (R-Green Bay) when the bill passed in March.
Wisconsin Fast Forward is intended to narrow the “skills gap” and help employees qualify for higher-skilled jobs. The Legislation provides funding for DWD to provide grants for training to unemployed, underemployed and incumbent workers. The Governor identified that $2.7million will be made available for grants in manufacturing, construction and customer service as key industries that will be the focus for the program.
“Wisconsin has made a major investment in developing better worker training and providing a wide range of innovative educational opportunities for workers, and this plan takes a major step towards making Wisconsin a leader in workforce development technology and training. This is a concrete plan to help create skilled family-supporting jobs,” said Senator Cowles.