Employers in manufacturing, technology, agribusiness, forest products, education and nonprofit sectors from 10 Wisconsin counties have been awarded more than $1.17 million in grants from the Department of Workforce Development.
The grants are part of DWD’s Wisconsin Fast Forward program, which provides targeted funds to support worker training, education and recruitment.
Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. of Monroe County is one of the recipients. DWD issued $70,000 to Ocean Spray, which is partnering with Manage Assist to provide training to 31 employees. Courses will cover emotional intelligence, equipment conscious operators, risk management and mitigation, and succession planning.
“Fast Forward industry training grants help employers find and develop the skilled talent they need to boost Wisconsin’s economy while also offering a path to well-paying jobs for unemployed workers and higher wages and more opportunities for growth for current employees,” says DWD Secretary Amy Pechacek.
Fast Forward funds reimburse employers for the cost of providing customized occupational training for those who are unemployed, underemployed and for current employees. Grants are available to all Wisconsin employers. The program encourages statewide economic growth by helping employers train workers and fill positions to meet critical needs for a skilled workforce.