Reforming the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) Program

Empowering Wisconsin's Workforce

Effective worker training programs are essential to statewide economic development efforts. Many employers are looking for qualified workers, and increasing the ability to fill these positions encourages employers to increase production, which can lead to more jobs. Investing in effective worker training programs enables state government to efficiently deliver the high-quality services our taxpayers expect, while helping empower people to move from government dependence to the independence and dignity that come from work.

In his 2013-2015 biennial budget, as part of his workforce development plan and entitlement reforms, Governor Walker, in partnership with the Legislature, invested nearly $33 million to reform the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program. In total, Governor Walker has invested more than $60 million to support these training efforts.

FSET: A Path to Employment

FSET: A Path to Employment

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FSET: A Path to Employment

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About FSET and the Work Requirement

FSET is a free program that helps FoodShare members build their job skills and find jobs. Regional FSET agencies work with members to develop a customized plan of activities including education, vocational training, and other support to find employment and transition to the workforce.

Investing additional resources in the FSET program provided the necessary framework for implementation of the work requirement for FoodShare members who are able-bodied adults ages 18 through 49 with no minor children living in their home. These FoodShare members must meet the work requirement in order to continue receiving FoodShare benefits. There are three ways they can meet the work requirement:

  • Work at least 80 hours per month
  • Participate in an allowable employment and training program, such as FSET, for at least 80 hours per month
  • Work and participate in an allowable employment training program for a combined total of at least 80 hours per month

If a member is required to meet the work requirement and chooses not to comply, he or she is limited to three months of FoodShare benefits in a 36-month period.

Some members may meet an exemption from the work requirement (a complete list of exemptions is available on the FoodShare Work Requirement for Adults Age 18 through 49 fact sheet).

FSET is also available on a voluntary basis for FoodShare members who are not required to meet the work requirement, including adults with dependent children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

FSET Program Resources

Last Revised: August 31, 2016