Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium will be holding a virtual Employer Info Session on how to apply for the Going PRO Talent Fund workforce training grants. If you’re an employer in need of training assistance for existing and new staff, don’t miss out on your share of $28.6 million available in employer grants! Employers of ALL SIZES in ALL INDUSTRIES are encouraged to apply!

At the free information session, employers will learn more about the application process, grant requirements, types of training allowed, funding parameters, and how to get started. 

The Going PRO Talent Fund Information Session will be held on Thursday, October 22 from 1pm-3pm. Simply join via webex video conference by going here: https://bit.ly/3dn8nRB

The Going PRO Talent Fund, formerly known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund, increases the quality and competitiveness of Michigan’s employers by providing awards for customized employer responsive training. The intent of these awards is to enhance and train talent, increase productivity and employment retention, support registered apprenticeships, and meet the current demand needed to address the skills gaps of employees.

Training programs are customized to the needs of each employer, allowing them to either promote from within or to train and develop skilled workers. Designed to be completed quickly, trainings usually last less than 3 months, and are completed in less than 6 months. Employers are expected to be active in designing the training, and when completed, workers receive a credential for a recognizable and transferable skill.

Work with your Michigan Works! Business Solutions Professional to determine if Going PRO Talent Fund grants are appropriate to help fill the skills gap at your business. The Going PRO Talent Fund are competitive grants – the application period opens November 2.

In 2019, Northeast Michigan employers were awarded funding in total of $368,000 from the Going PRO Talent Fund, which helped 24 businesses train over 300 employees. Statewide, from 2014 to 2019, 3,136 awards were granted, with an average award amount of $31,548 and the average training cost per person of $1,062.

Remember, you can only apply for a Going PRO Training award through your local Michigan Works agency! For more information about Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium services and the Going PRO Talent Fund, visit www.nemcworks.org or follow us on Twitter or Facebook at @MiWorksNE.