Going PRO Talent Fund
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. An application must be filed through a Michigan Works! agency. If you are interested in applying next year, click here!
Here are a few examples of skilled trades training utilized by our local companies and funded by the program:
- Blue Print Reading
- Maintenance Troubleshooting
- USDOL REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIPS!
Since the program began, 50% of the awards have gone to companies with less than 100 employees and approximately 38% to companies with 500 or less. And since its inception in 2014, Michigan Works! West Central has helped secure nearly $2,000,000 for 40 different companies in our six-county service area! That equates to the training of more than 2,000 workers including funding for 47 USDOL registered apprenticeships!
To take adantage of this grant and to apply call Business Services Director Merri Bennett at 231-583-2029 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.