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Walker: $15 million for worker training

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - The state Department of of Workforce Development is now accepting applications from businesses for $15 million in grants to better train workers for jobs in three key industries, Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday.
 
“By providing quality worker training and cutting edge labor market information, our workers will be best equipped to re-enter the workforce in places where opportunities are available,” Walker said in a statement.
 
The money -- called Wisconsin Fast Forward grants -- is designed to help the manufacturing, construction and customer service industries find more skilled workers, Walker said.
 
Grants will be awarded to businesses within each of these industries to provide training for the unemployed or underemployed, the governor said.
 
Nearly 17 percent of Wisconsin’s workforce is employed in manufacturing, compared to the national average of 9 percent, Walker said.
 
The governor has pledged to create 250,000 new jobs in the state by the time he seeks re-election next year.
 
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