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Skilled Trades Training Fund Gets Name Change & Becomes State Law

The popular Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) is getting a name change. The competitive grant program will now be known as the Going PRO Talent Fund. Up to now, funding for skilled trades training has been provided by annual appropriation bills. To ensure ongoing operations of the effective, and popular, program, legislation was introduced and has been passed, to codify the program in state statute, ensuring Michigan companies will continue to receive training that enhances talent, productivity, and employment retention without the need for annually renewing the program.

The FY 2019 application period opened on September 12th and closed October 3rd.  Award recipients should be announced by mid-December of 2018.  If you are an employer interested in taking advantage of this grant, you must file your application through Michigan Works! If you are interested in filing next year in Mason, Lake or Oceana counties contact Merri Bennett at For Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceloa counties contact Jonathan Eppley at

The most important change this bill makes is expanding the timeline for training to be completed. In the past, training generally had to be completed in the first half of the calendar year. Now, training can occur within a year of the award, which is something employers need to be more effective. It also ensures that prior year investments in the fund won’t lapse at the end of a fiscal year, but instead stay with the program for the years to come.

Since its inception, the State of Michigan has dedicated over $72 million dollars in competitive awards to more than 2,200 Michigan companies through the fund, resulting in the creation of 14,000 jobs and the retention of 56,000 jobs since the program’s inception. Michigan Works! West Central has helped secure nearly $2 million in funding for 45 different employers in its six-county region, which equates to nearly 2,000 workers receiving training including funding for 47 U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeships! 

Here are the companies benefitting from funding through applications filed by Michigan Works! West Central and also a partial list of just some of the trainings that have been approved and funded!