Wisconsin Fast Forward training programs are designed to provide sustainable, short- and medium-term training and to place workers in positions that offer trainees long-term professional growth and economic opportunity. This training will assist with adding new individuals into the workforce and increasing wage growth for the trainees. Growth in both areas will allow workers to have greater purchasing power, making them better able to support local businesses, invest in their communities, and create new and greater demand for goods and services. In turn, this will create new opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs. This approach maintains a strong environment for private-sector job creation in Wisconsin through continued growth and expansion.
The long-term goal of the Wisconsin Fast Forward Industry Sectors Worker Training Grant program is to encourage statewide economic growth by assisting employers to train workers and fill positions, as well as to ensure meaningful economic advancement for trainees. This will be accomplished by partnering with employers, local or regional economic development organizations, workforce development boards, postsecondary institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private training providers. It is anticipated that the relationships developed through Wisconsin Fast Forward-funded training programs will continue to flourish after the grant has ended.
Successful grant applications will include customized training programs defined by employers and developed to meet special requirements of their industry (or the consortium of employers participating in the grant program). In addition, further preference will be given to training programs that provide training that leads to industry-recognized credentials or certifications. The OSD recommends that customized training programs focus on skills attainment and certifications. Skills attainment develops skills that directly benefit the workers receiving the training by increasing their mastery of their occupation in their field of employment and/or provide new skills for new product lines or business expansion.
Preference will be given to applicants that propose to train individuals who are vulnerable or belong to special populations, such as chronically unemployed individuals, economically disadvantaged individuals, including, but not limited to, W-2 and FSET recipients, justice-involved persons who have been the subject to any stage of the criminal justice process, Indigenous, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans.
Required Outcomes and training program requirements can be found at https://wisconsinfastforward.com/pdf/20231030-WFF-GPA-FF232.pdf#page=4
Eligible expenses can be found at https://wisconsinfastforward.com/pdf/20231030-WFF-GPA-FF232.pdf#page=6