MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today delivered the Democratic Radio Address highlighting $20 million in grant awards announced earlier this week as part of the Worker Advancement Initiative. The initiative, announced earlier this year and funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, will work to address workforce challenges by offering subsidized employment and skills training opportunities to Wisconsinites across the state.
Hey folks, Governor Tony Evers here.
We’re working hard to make sure Wisconsin rebounds and recovers from this pandemic, but we know part of that work is ensuring workers, families, and communities are bouncing back with us.
Our state has long faced workforce challenges, and we know we have to keep reducing barriers that prevent folks from joining our workforce.
This week, I was proud to join the Department of Workforce Development to announce a $20 million grant program that would go to 11 regions in Wisconsin to help more than 2,300 Wisconsinites as part of the Worker Advancement Initiative.
These funds will help us get folks into the workforce by providing grants to subsidize employment and provide skill training opportunities for local employers for folks whose previous employment never came back after the pandemic. And it’ll help those who weren’t in our workforce even before this pandemic began.
We know these last two years have been especially tough on our workforce, and the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on many.
Because of our Worker Advancement Initiative, Wisconsinites all across the state will be able to benefit from these grants by accessing paid work experience opportunities, critical work-based skills, and supported services to address barriers to employment.
And whether through that job training or by providing quality childcare, affordable housing, or accessible transportation, these funds will support those working to overcome challenges specific to their community and to their family and help get workers back in the workforce so we can ensure our state’s continued bounce back.