Dear Reader:

Businesses are always looking for new talent, but hiring and training new employees can incur a significant cost. Forward Careers, Inc. offers a variety of programs and services to help businesses attract, train, and retain the talent they need to succeed and grow. Our OJT program can help offset the cost of hiring and training new hires, saving your company up to $3,500. Local talent is featured in the WOW Factor, and many of these individuals qualify for OJT training.

Additionally, businesses may experience challenges due to transportation to retain good employees. Check out Forward Careers “Work ‘n Wheels” program and consider how it might help your workforce.
For information on these and other resources, please contact one of our Business Solutions Representative to learn more.

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,
Employers Save on Average $3,500 with the OJT Program

According to the BLS data for Wisconsin, December 2020 showed the total non-farm jobs and private-sector jobs increased 15,100 and 19,200 respectively. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate was at 5.5% with a labor force participation rate of 66.7% while the national unemployment rate was at 6.7% with a labor force participation rate of 61.5%.
This suggests that Wisconsin is slowly making its way forward and we are here to help businesses with their talent needs. Workplace training programs like on-the-job training (OJT) and apprenticeships have shown to improve the skills and wages of workers while having positive returns on investment for employers. Additionally, an OJT program can start in conjunction with registered apprenticeship programs.
In simple terms, an OJT is a contract between Forward Careers and the employer that documents the training they will provide to an OJT eligible new hire. The training is designed to be hands-on and addresses the skills gap of the new hire. We make the process easy and are transparent with the reimbursement amount the employer should expect to receive at the completion of the training. On average, employers may save up to $3,500 per new hire.
Contact Forward Careers' Business Solutions Team with questions or to get started. 
The WOW Factor

The WOW Factor features local talent in search of employment opportunities. The majority of our clients qualify for our On-the-Job Training (OJT) program, which on average can save businesses about $3,500 on new hires for the extraordinary costs of providing training and additional supervision related to the training.

Our turnaround time is fairly quick, so make sure to contact your Business Solutions Team before you extend a job offer to your next hire.

State Budget Briefing from DWD Secretary-Designee Amy Pechacek

The Wisconsin Workforce Development Association's Talent Development Council is excited to welcome Secretary-designee Pechacek to brief its members on some of the highlights of workforce funding initiatives in Governor Evers' proposed budget.

In addition to discussing the workforce priorities in the budget, Secretary-designee Pechacek will also provide insight into the agency's efforts to address the unprecedented spike in Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims. 

This session is for businesses interested in information on how to ensure Wisconsin keeps a strong workforce and wants to learn more about how proposed funding will shape workforce system efforts.

Experiencing Employee Tardiness or High Absentee Rates

It is hard to imagine that in the 21st century there are many individuals that still do not have access to reliable modes of transportation. Studies have shown that lack of transportation contributes to high absentee rates for employers.
If you have workers that are struggling to arrive on time due to having only one or no vehicle, consider sharing the Work ‘n Wheels program with them. Our program is a 0% interest auto purchase or repair loan designed to assist eligible individuals obtain an affordable and dependable vehicle.

Once an application is submitted and approved, it's between a one to two week turn around time before individuals have a reliable car and become reliable employees.

Calling Nonprofits

Nonprofits are invited to apply for free information technology (IT) services through Nonprof-IT, a program of the School of Information Studies at UW-Milwaukee.

Projects will be selected from the pool of applicant requests to receive IT consultation and services (examples include a new website, social media assistance, technology assessment) at no cost during the Fall 2021 semester (September - December). 

To date, over 100 nonprofit organizations have received IT assistance and over 330 students have gained real world experience! 

Applications deadlines is April 5, 2021.

FREE Emergency Preparedness Training for Businesses

We all witnessed the catastrophe that unfolded in Texas when it experienced extreme weather conditions not common in the south and the impact it had on people and businesses.

"Be Red Cross Ready", through the Red Cross, is offering FREE Emergency Preparedness Training to many different groups across the country to prepare them for types of disasters that may affect different communities. 

It is a standardized "Be Red Cross Ready" presentation that can be customized to your business/organization. Topics include preparedness essentials, home fire, flood, tornado, extreme heat, thunderstorms, and winter storms. Presentations typically last 30-40 minutes.

Due to COVID-19, only virtual presentations are being offered at this time.

For more information, view the brochures below or visit the websites and

It's never to late to plan for emergency disasters.


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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, Department of Labor H-1B TechHire, Grant, Women & Girls Fund of Waukesha County, & United Way of Washington County,