Dear Reader:

Summer is here and we are excited to announce that we will be located each Wednesday at the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center starting on July 7th! Increasing awareness of our services to Ozaukee County community members is important to us and we are looking forward to strengthening our relationships. More details are listed below along with our:

  • local talent in search of employment opportunities,
  • Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Incumbent Worker Training grants announcement,
  • Summer 2021 Job Fair on July 14,
  • and WEDC resources on COVID-19 vaccines for employers.

Enjoy your summer and don't delay contacting us for further assistance.

Business Solutions Rep.
262.335.5311 / Email Me

Addison, Belgium, Cedarburg,
Colgate, Fredonia, Germantown, Grafton, Hartford, Hubertus Jackson, Kewaskum, Mequon, Newburg, Port Washington, Richfield, Saukville, Slinger, West Bend
Business Solutions Rep.
262.695.7899 / Email Me

Big Bend, Delafield, Dousman, Eagle, Genesee Depot, Hartland, Lannon, Menomonee Falls, Merton, Mukwonago, Muskego, Nashotah, New Berlin, North Lake, North Prairie, Oconomowoc, Okauchee, Pewaukee, Sussex, Wales
Business Services Rep.
262.695.7886 / Email Me 

Elm Grove,

This month's WOW Factor features local talent in search of employment opportunities in the following positions:

  • Manager / Supervisor
  • Product Manager / Category Manager
  • Project Manager / Economic and Financial Services

The majority of our clients qualify for our On-the-Job Training (OJT) program, which offers new hires an opportunity to earn as they learn while employers are reimbursed to help compensate for the costs associated with skills upgrading and loss of production for the training of a newly hired employee.

Advantages to the employer include:
  • The employer sets the qualifications, interviews and selects the candidate(s);
  • With our assistance, the employer develops a training plan to address the gap between the new hire's existing skills and the job skill requirements; and
  • On average, an employer is reimbursed $3,500 per new hire.

Our turnaround time is within 24 hours or sooner. Don't delay and contact your Business Solutions Team before you extend a job offer to your next hire.


The year 2020 is sure to leave a lasting mark on the shape and feel of work. No matter the degree to which COVID-19 affected an industry or organization’s ability to operate, the pandemic challenged many organizations to create or discover and implement new business tools and solutions. These ranged from flexible work-from-home models to telemedicine and zooming classrooms, and organizations have begun to realize just how valuable the changes are that skills-based talent models and digital transformations can deliver.
Likewise, the first half of 2021 has also seen many firsts, from the major power grid outage in Texas to the recent cyberattacks on the Colonial Pipeline and food industry, impacting the supply chain shortages even more.
While there are many organizations that successfully adapted to the rapid integration of digital technology, there are many which are still struggling to keep up with the fast-paced innovation in the workplace. According to the World Economic Forum, by 2022 no less than 54% of all employees will require significant reskilling and upskilling. This, combined with widening skills gaps, is why actively investing in employee training and development is essential for the growth of organizations and the workforce that propels it. 
The Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) grants available from Forward Careers may be just what you need to help train/retrain your existing workforce in new processes or technologies, help to increase productivity, and boost your company's competitiveness and bottom line.
Organizations interested in this grant opportunity may apply for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 funding cycle to offer training programs that will be delivered to their workforce between the following periods:
  • Fall 2021: Training programs may range from 1 day to 16 weeks and be held between August 16, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Trainings that start in the Fall 2021 period may extend past December 31, 2021, but must not exceed 16 weeks. 
  • Spring 2022: Training programs may range from 1 day to 16 weeks and be held between January 1, 2022 and June 17, 2022.

Applications for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 trainings are due by 12:00 PM on Friday, July 30, 2021.

Click below to view the full grant program announcement and forms.

Due to high demand and the increase of job seekers actively looking for employment, we are opening up a summer job fair on:

July 14, 2021
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Waukesha County Expo Center
1000 Northview Rd, Waukesha, WI 53188

Pre-pandemic our 2020 job fairs averaged 500 job seekers in attendance and are recognized as quality events. Recent local virtual job fairs have resulted in over 500 job seekers. Please visit our website for full details and to register for the event.


We are eager to announce that starting July 7th, we will be expanding our office locations to include the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center in Grafton. Each Wednesday you can find a Forward Careers representative onsite providing career planning and/or business services for community members of Ozaukee County.

The Ozaukee Nonprofit Center is a multi-faceted nonprofit with an event and collaborative workspace that offers services and support for other local nonprofits. The facility enables nonprofit organizations a place to connect and collaborate while focusing on the needs of the community.

Come celebrate with us and the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center on June 16, anytime between 4:30 and 6:00 pm for an open house and ribbon cutting event.

June 16, 2021
Ozaukee Nonprofit Center
Open House and Ribbon Cutting
2360 Dakota Drive, Grafton, WI 53024
4:30 - 6:00 PM


The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is connecting business owners with experts in employment law, human resources and financial management to provide timely insights on how to bring COVID-19 vaccinations to your organization. The 5-episode Wisconsin Employer Vaccine Forum will tackle common questions, like “Can employers require the COVID vaccine?” and highlight the dos and don’ts all business owners should consider. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is here to help you safely and successfully navigate the pandemic recovery.

Episode 1: Vaccination from an employer perspective.

Join Shirah Apple, Public Affairs Specialist with the Small Business Administration, Dr. Jon Meiman, Chief Medical Officer of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Sam Rikkers, Deputy Secretary and COO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, as they discuss COVID-19 vaccination from an employer’s perspective.

You’ll learn about the latest vaccine information, the benefits of a vaccinated workforce and opportunities to secure funding and support for your business through the Small Business Administration and its partners.

Episode 2: Vaccination and your employees.

Join Hannah Renfro, Attorney at Lake Effect HR & Law, Agatha Raynor, Attorney at Crivello Carlson, and Missy Hughes, Secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, as they discuss the legal and practical implications to consider when addressing, requiring or validating employee COVID-19 vaccination.

You’ll learn about important ADA policy considerations like whether vaccination proof is a disability-related inquiry, how not to violate employee medical rights and protections, and more.


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Forward Careers, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer & Service Provider. If you have a disability and need information in an alternative format, including language assistance or translation, and/or need assistance with this information, please contact us at (262) 695-7800 or call through Wisconsin Relay Service 711. Funding provided by the WOW Workforce Development Board through the Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, Women & Girls Fund of Waukesha County, & United Way of Washington County,