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Training Funds Available for Employers

The Going PRO Talent Fund (Talent Fund), formerly known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund, makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employees. Training funded by the Talent Fund must fill a demonstrated talent need experienced by the employer. Training must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by industry.

The FY 2020 application period will open on September 12th and close on October 2nd.  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 in Mason, Lake or Oceana counties contact Merri Bennett at mbennett@michworkswc.org. For Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceloa counties contact Jonathan Eppley at jeppley@michworkswc.org

In the past, training generally had to be completed in the first half of the calendar year. Now, training can begin in January of 2020 and end on December 31st 2020. 

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!