Fast Forward grants session for employers offered

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Staff | March 11, 2014

The Southeastern Wisconsin Workforce Development Board and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Job Service are sponsoring a regional employer informational session for employers seeking worker training, through the Wisconsin Fast Forward program. Employers will learn more about the grant application process and requirements at the informational session, held at IMET, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant, on Thursday, March 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Shelly Harkins, from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Office of Skills Development, will discuss the recently released second round of Wisconsin Fast Forward business grants and details about the application process.

Wisconsin Fast Forward will make up to $7.5 million in grants available to support employer-led worker training. Grant applicants can be a single business, a consortium of businesses, or a business/businesses in partnership with local workforce development boards and/or economic development organizations. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's new Office of Skills Development is administering the program. Grant applications are available online at

Grants are available in the following categories:
• Manufacturing Occupations -  $1 million, due April 1
• Construction Trades and Related Occupations -  $500,000, due April 1
• Financial Services Occupations - $1 million due April 3
• Transportation, Logistics and Distribution Occupations - $1 million, due April 3
• Information Technology Occupations - $1.5 million, due April 8
• Small Businesses with 50 or fewer employees - $500,000, due April 10
• Health Care and Related Occupations - $2 million, due April 10

To register for this free event contact Michelle Blanchard, Dynamic Workforce Solutions manager, at (262) 741-5274 or by email at

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