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New report illustrates FSET program successes in its second year
According to a new report issued by the Department of Health Services (DHS), the FoodShare Employment and Training program (FSET), which helps people remove the barriers that prevent them from gaining employment, continues to successfully assist thousands of participants in securing good jobs. As part of Governor Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Works for Everyone reform, more than 18,000 people moved from government dependence to true independence through FSET.
The year two report shows:
- 18,299 FSET participants gained employment since FSET was implemented.
- FSET participants who gained employment worked an average of 33 hours per week and earned an average wage of $12.21 per hour – well above the state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
- 72,275 FoodShare members were referred to the FSET program.
- Over 22,000 FoodShare members enrolled in the FSET program.
- FSET vendors partnered with 5,034 employers across the state to assist in recruitment efforts.