Michigan's 'Going PRO Talent Fund' can help employers

Published: Jul. 10, 2019 at 10:24 AM EDT
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The Going PRO Talent Fund, formerly known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund, makes awards of funds to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employees.

Going PRO Talent Fund-supported training expands and improves employee’s skills and develops their opportunities for growth or promotion within the company and for economic advancement.

This funding helps address skills shortages by re-skilling and up-skilling Michigan workers based upon employers’ needs.

The grant dollars come from the State of Michigan through Michigan Works! to employers.

Training funded by the Going Pro dollars must be short-term (completed within one year of award) and fill a demonstrated talent need experience by the employer. The training must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by industry.

These funds can be used for classroom and customized training, for establishing on-the-Job training for new employees and apprenticeships. Amounts per individual range from $1500 + for apprenticeships.

Michigan Works! Is scheduling information sessions across the U.P. this summer to explain the guidelines for applying for training funds. Now is the time to start to prepare for the application window in September. Reserve your spot by emailing

The Upper Peninsula received 34 awards last year for a value of $1,154,724.00 of the nearly $29.5 million the state put in the fund. Those dollars supported 174 awarded trainings, 340 newly hired positions, upskilled 590 employees and added 6 new apprenticeships. Upward Talent Council Michigan Works! would like to help more employers benefit from these available funds.

Check out for contact information, then call and ask about the schedule of meetings for GoingPRO in your area.

Denise Hillier, a Michigan Works! Workforce Services Manager, talked about the program on the TV6 Morning News. Click on the video above to watch the interview.

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