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October 30, 2020
Contact: Mike Murray, 517-275-1820
Michigan employers looking to take advantage of the Going PRO Talent Fund program will be able to apply for their share of the $27 million in training funds available to Michigan businesses beginning Monday, November 2. The Going PRO Talent Fund helps individuals secure employment, industry-recognized credentials and strong wages by providing training grants to Michigan businesses to support employees in high-demand, skilled trades industries.
"Michigan workers and businesses benefit greatly from the Talent Fund program," said Stephanie Beckhorn, Director of LEO's Office of Employment and Training. "Over the years, this program has supported more than 94,000 workers with training, including new hires and current workers."
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Since the program's launch in 2014, more than 3,000 Michigan businesses have received Talent Fund awards to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employees. Training must fill a demonstrated talent need experienced by the employer and lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by industry.
"The Talent Fund helps individuals develop the skills they need for in-demand jobs, while also ensuring employers have the talent they need to compete and grow," Beckhorn said. "This program gives workers a direct pathway to higher-paying careers and financial stability for themselves and their families. It also addresses the skills gap that challenges the success of Michigan businesses and our state's prosperity."
LEO makes Going PRO Talent Fund awards to employers through Michigan Works! Agencies (MWAs). Participating employers play an integral role in defining their key training needs, then work with the local MWAs and other partners to develop an appropriate, realistic training plan.
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"With the state facing an expected 545,000 openings for professional trade workers by the year 2026, proven programs such as the Going PRO Talent Fund are essential to helping Michigan businesses meet this growing demand for skilled workers," said Greg Pitoniak, Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA).
Among other responsibilities, employers are expected to provide financial or in-kind contributions in support of the training project, as well as use Pure Michigan Talent Connect and MWAs to recruit for job openings.
Businesses interested in learning more or applying for funding should contact their local Michigan Works! Service Center. Contact information can be found at MichiganWorks.org.
The application period ends Monday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m., and selected applicants will be announced in early 2021.
To learn more about the Going PRO Talent Fund, visit Michigan.gov/TalentFund.
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