Local Companies Awarded $2.7M in Training Grants to Bridge Gap for New and Existing Employees

The Workforce Development Board for Michigan Works! Southwest announces the award of Going PRO Talent Fund grants totaling $2,744,034. The Going PRO Talent Fund creates and expands collaboration between Michigan Works! Agencies, economic development organizations, and educational agencies, by funding demand-driven technical training across a variety of industries. Michigan Works! Southwest assisted companies in assessing their skill gaps and applying for this funding, which will be used to train over 1,804 local residents at 57 companies.

Going PRO Talent Fund grants are awarded by Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to assist employers in enhancing the talent and productivity of current and newly hired employees, while increasing employment retention and the competitiveness of Michigan’s businesses. This year’s grant award will assist local employers in offering customizable, short-term trainings that meet employer technical skill requirements and address talent gaps. The awards to companies who were assisted by Michigan Works! Southwest are part of $37.5 million in Going PRO Talent Fund grants to employers throughout the state.

“The Going PRO Talent Fund supports employers in the closing of skills gaps through providing support for the training of new hires, as well as for the retention of their workforce by upskilling employees through employer selected, qualified trainings. We are excited about the awards this year and look forward to the opportunities that will be provided to the employees and employers in Southwest Michigan, because of the Going PRO Talent Fund,” said Ashley Iovieno, Business Services Manager for Michigan Works! Southwest. The companies, assisted by Michigan Works! Southwest, that received Going PRO Talent Fund grant awards include:

“Going PRO Talent Fund awards provide a tremendous opportunity for employers to meet their talent needs, as well as provide tools and resources that will be critical to post-pandemic recovery,” stated Iovieno.

Companies interested in more information regarding available training options, including the Going PRO Talent Fund, should contact Ashley Iovieno iovieno@upjohn.org at Michigan Works! Southwest.