Watertown Business Receiving State Grant

(Watertown) A Watertown business received a Wisconsin Fast Forward grant. The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recently announced $700-thousand-dollars in grants to fund customized worker training programs throughout the state.

MetalTek International’s Watertown location is in-line for $54-thousand-dollars to partner with corporate training firm ManageAssist in providing new skills to 74 current worker trainees. The training will include fundamentals of blueprint reading, workplace organization, supervision, identifying and eliminating waste, and implementing a continuous improvement program. Following the training, the current workers will receive a pay increase of 75-cents per hour.

Workforce Development officials say they will be awarding more grants in the months ahead. The Division of Employment and Training is currently reviewing grant applications recently submitted for $3.1-million in funding available for more customized worker training projects.

Wisconsin Fast Forward grants range from $5,000 to $400,000. Awards require a 50-percent cash or in-kind employer match. The grant program is open to all industry sectors. The training must provide transferrable skills. Individuals eligible for training are current employees, underemployed workers, and the unemployed.