From education to eye care to meat snacks, employers across Wisconsin will use more than $3.8 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grants from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to support worker training programs that put people on the path to employment and higher wages.

The worker training grants will help support 24 employers and serve up to 1,415 trainees across five high-demand sectors. Many of the Wisconsin Fast Forward projects are made possible through partnerships with community organizations, local employers, and industry associations.

“These partnerships provide training to bridge the gap between supply and demand when it comes to Wisconsin’s workforce needs. Our state has a great workforce and Fast Forward grants reward workers with new opportunities and higher wages through training,” DWD Secretary-designee Pechacek said. “The grants also give employers a competitive edge by boosting retention and recruitment through skills development. Investments through Wisconsin Fast Forward grants are proven to expand the state’s talent pipeline and connect unemployed and other workers with in-demand skills that are needed for family-supporting jobs.”

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