Reports & Resources

To help Wisconsin businesses with skilled labor training needs, the Office of Skills Development makes Wisconsin Fast Forward and Blueprint for Prosperity grant reports and resources available and provides links to useful external information.

Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF)

Annual Reports:

Annual Report

WFF 2016 Annual Report
This fourth annual report includes a summary of the Wisconsin Fast Forward (Standard) and the Blueprint for Prosperity grant awards. The proposed wage summary for grant submissions and the actual wage report for completed training programs are also included. Released in December 2016.

WFF 2015 Annual Report
This third annual report includes a summary of the Wisconsin Fast Forward (Standard) and the Blueprint for Prosperity grant awards. The proposed wage summary for grant submissions and the actual wage report for completed training programs are also included. Released in December 2015.

Annual Report

WFF 2014 Annual Report
This second annual report includes a summary of the Wisconsin Fast Forward (Standard) and the Blueprint for Prosperity grant awards. The proposed wage summary for grant submissions and the actual wage report for completed training programs are also included. Released in December 2014.

Annual Report

WFF 2013 Annual Report
This first annual report of Wisconsin Fast Forward reviews the program activities since Governor Walker signed the $15 million worker training initiative into law in March 2013. The law requires DWD to submit to the Governor and key Legislative leaders an annual report of activities through the most recent fiscal year. Released in December 2013.

Intent to Award Summaries:

WFF Grants

Round 5 WFF City of Milwaukee Residents Grant Contract Summary
The Round 5 WFF City of Milwaukee Residents Grant Contract Summary contain descriptions of contracted grant awards during the fifth round of Grant Program Announcements. Awarded in February 2017, contracts are pending.

WFF Grants

Round 4 WFF Grant Contract Summaries
The Round 4 WFF Grant Contract Summaries contain descriptions of contracted grant awards during the fourth round of Grant Program Announcements. Awarded in December 2015 and contracted through May 2016.

WFF Grants

Round 3 WFF Grant Award Summaries
The Round 3 WFF Grant Award Summaries contain descriptions of each application approved during the third round of Grant Program Announcements. Awarded in November and December 2014.

WFF Grants

Round 2 WFF Grant Award Summaries
The Round 2 WFF Award Summaries contain descriptions of each application approved during the second round of Grant Program Announcements. Awarded in May 2014.

WFF Grants

Round 1 WFF Grant Award Summaries
The Round 1 WFF Award Summaries contain descriptions of each application approved during the first round of Grant Program Announcements. Awarded in February 2014.

Blueprint for Prosperity

Intent to Award Summaries:
Fiscal Years 2013-15

WFF Grants

Round 2 High School Pupil Grant Award Summaries
The Round 2 High School Pupil Grant Award Summaries contain descriptions of each application approved during the second Grant Program Announcement. Awarded in March 2015.

WFF Grants

Round 1 High School Pupil Grant Award Summaries
The Round 1 High School Pupil Grant Award Summaries contain descriptions of each application approved during the first Grant Program Announcement. Awarded in May 2014.

WFF Grants

Training Workers with Disabilities Grant Award Summaries
The Training Workers with Disabilities Grant Award Summaries contain descriptions of each application approved during the Grant Program Announcement. Awarded in November 2014.

WFF Grants

Wisconsin Technical College System Wait List Reduction Grant Award Overview
The Wisconsin Technical College System Wait List Reduction Grant Award Overview highlights in-demand training grant awards, the number of students to be served, and the number of programs funded by technical college. Awarded in July 2014.

Internship Coordination Program

WAW Series Wrap-Up

Workforce Alignment Workshop Wrap-Up
Learn about the feedback that OSD received from businesses, economic and workforce development leaders and educators during seven workshops held across Wisconsin to better align employer hiring needs with higher education learning outcomes through internships and other solutions.

Laws and Regulation

State
Law

Wisconsin Fast Forward Legislation, 2013 Wisconsin Act 9
The Standard Wisconsin Fast Forward program was established to: fund an enhanced Labor Marketing Information System, create the Office of Skills Development, and address the skills gap through a $15 million investment for customized worker training grants to employers. Signed into law March 2013.

State
Law

Wisconsin Fast Forward Legislation, 2013 Wisconsin Act 139
The Blueprint for Prosperity legislation provides $35.4 million in additional funding to expand the Wisconsin Fast Forward program and targets three distinct populations for skills training: college students, high school pupils, and persons with disabilities. Signed into law March 2014.

State
Law

Wisconsin Fast Forward Legislation, 2015 Wisconsin Act 348
This legislation consolidates various state-funded Department of Workforce Development employment and training programs into a single appropriation. Signed into law April 2016.

State
Law

Wisconsin Fast Forward, 2015 Wisconsin Act 283
This legislation requires the Department of Workforce Development to provide student internship coordination between Wisconsin higher education institutions and employers to increase the number of internship opportunities. Signed into law March 2016.

State
Law

Administrative Rules - DWD 801
Administrative Rules were established to govern Wisconsin Fast Forward administration and the granting of funds for the training of unemployed and underemployed workers and incumbent employees in Wisconsin.

External Links

External Research

The Road Ahead: Restoring Wisconsin's Workforce Development
This report provides a comprehensive review of the background and current issues pertaining to workforce development in Wisconsin, with a specific focus on the phenomena commonly referred to as the "skills gap." Released in 2012.

External Research

Wisconsin Economic Future Study
The study assesses Wisconsin's business climate and competitiveness by examining export, innovation, and workforce performance of Wisconsin's key driver industries, and compares the data to competitive states and the U.S. as a whole. Released in 2004 and revised in 2011.


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