September 1, 2017
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683
Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683

Wisconsin Works for Everyone: Thousands of Wisconsin Residents Gain Employment Through the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) Program

New report illustrates FSET program successes in its second year

According to a new report issued by the Department of Health Services (DHS), the FoodShare Employment and Training program (FSET), which helps people remove the barriers that prevent them from gaining employment, continues to successfully assist thousands of participants in securing good jobs. As part of Governor Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Works for Everyone reform, more than 18,000 people moved from government dependence to true independence through FSET.

The year two report shows:

  • 18,299 FSET participants gained employment since FSET was implemented.
  • FSET participants who gained employment worked an average of 33 hours per week and earned an average wage of $12.21 per hour – well above the state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
  • 72,275 FoodShare members were referred to the FSET program.
  • Over 22,000 FoodShare members enrolled in the FSET program.
  • FSET vendors partnered with 5,034 employers across the state to assist in recruitment efforts.

“This is a transformative time in Wisconsin, as we prepare for the wealth of employment opportunities from Foxconn’s $10 billion dollar investment, which will bring 13,000 good-paying jobs to the state,” said Secretary Linda Seemeyer. “Now, more than ever, it is important to invest in our workforce, and the FSET program gives people the helping hand they need to start building their future, independent of government assistance.”

The report highlights the accomplishments of the 11 FSET regions, including testimonials of people who found success through the program. Barriers for FSET participants may include: criminal history, lack of child care, physical or mental health challenges, domestic abuse, limited work experience or skills, gaps in employment, and/or transportation issues. FSET case managers work with participants to customize plans and address the fundamentals they need to gain the skills necessary for employment. FSET program staff also partner with employers across the state to help them best match applicants with in-demand jobs. Through these employer relationships, the FSET agency is able to provide participants with solid job leads and help them discover long-term career paths.

View the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) Program Year 2 Report.

Under Governor Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Works for Everyone plan, able-bodied adults in the FoodShare program who do not have children in the home, must meet a work requirement such as participation in the FSET program, or another eligible worker training program, or employment, for at least 80 hours per month. FSET is also available on a voluntary basis for FoodShare members exempt from the work requirement, including adults with dependent children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. View more information about the FSET program.