Gov. Walker proclaimed September Workforce Development Month in Wisconsin. Throughout the month, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the state’s 11 regional Workforce Development Boards will hold events to highlight programs and services.
DWD Sec. Reggie Newson used proclamation as an opportunity to update the public on the progress the state is making in implementing its most recent investment in workforce development, the Wisconsin Fast Forward initiative. Wisconsin Fast Forward includes a new state-funded $15 million grant program to address the skills gap by helping employers train new and incumbent workers. Also part of the initiative is a new, cutting-edge Labor Market Information System to provide real time data and better connect job seekers to jobs by keying on skills.
Coincidently, the federal Department of Labor announced this month that it has approved $807,193 in National Emergency Grant funds for worker training for employees affected by the closing of the Kewaunee Power Station. The Department of Workforce Development will administer the grant that will be operated by the Bay Area Workforce Development Board. Around 650 employees are affected by the closure of the facility. The grant will assist with training and finding new employment for workers.