In March 2013, Governor Scott Walker oversaw the passing of the legislation behind Wisconsin Fast Forward. Receiving near-unanimous support from the Wisconsin legislature, the program was created in order to help address the need for skilled workers in the state. Propelling into action different worker training grants and other work program-related investments, Fast Forward aims to prepare workers for currently available jobs and those jobs that will free up in the future.
Through employer-helmed, customized worker training projects, Wisconsin Fast Forward has been able to provide a grant in the total of $15 million. The purpose of Wisconsin Fast Forward is to provide the type of assistance that cannot be met through other, existing job training programs.
Part of the “Blueprint for Prosperity,” Wisconsin Fast Forward aims to provide funding to expand the Department of Workforce Development-sponsored program. Features include:
In order for certain workplaces to receive grant assistance from Wisconsin Fast Forward, an application must be completed and submitted to the Office of Skills Development. On the WFF website, you will find a tutorial webinar to assist with the application process, geared workforce and economic development organizations, along with employers and training partners. The process by which to apply for Wisconsin Fast Forward support can be viewed by PowerPoint, written instruction, screenshots, planning guides and Frequently Asked Questions.
If you are a current business in need of specific talents, Wisconsin Fast Forward exists to deliver customized training solutions to help you train, retain and recruit specific workers. By contacting WFF, you can contribute, along with labor market data, and drive where the grants will go.
If you know of a business that is having trouble training its workforce or retaining its workers, share that insight in an effort to improve the overall job force training programs throughout the state. WFF is interested in your strategies and suggestions.
By visiting the Department of Workforce Development Wisconsin Fast Forward website, you can submit an inquiry form outlining any skills gap and training descriptions you are experiencing, along with suggestions on how to improve the training program.
The Office of Skills Development, which handles all inquiries, has several responsibilities in relation to WFF, including:
Targeted facilities that encourage workforce collaborations