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The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) – Office of Skills Development (OSD) will be releasing Grant Program Announcements (GPAs) under Governor Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward <http://lists.wi.gov/t/1273164/2470314/4814/5/>  (WFF) initiative for both Small Business Occupations and Construction Trades and Related Occupations.

Wisconsin employers and workforce partners are encouraged to start preparing innovative and collaborative customized training grant applications. Grantees may be awarded up to $400,000 to upskill construction trades and related occupations and up to $50,000 to upskill workers in small business settings.

Application details follow:

Worker Training Grants for:

- Small Business Occupations

- Construction Trades and Related Occupations

Grant Applications Open: June 09, 2017

Deadline to Apply: June 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Governor Walker's WFF program was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support from lawmakers in 2013 to address the skills gap through grants to employers for customized skills training to fill current job openings and ongoing skill requirements. DWD has awarded over $18 million in WFF grant contracts to date, supporting nearly 200 worker training projects that are benefitting hundreds of businesses and thousands of trainees across the state. To learn more about WFF-funded worker training projects, please review grant award summaries <http://lists.wi.gov/t/1273164/2470314/6671/6/> .

Please contact OSD <http://lists.wi.gov/t/1273164/2470314/8721/7/>  with questions regarding the WFF GPAs.

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