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Our Value to Employers

Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! value to employers

Grow Your Team

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Talent Recruitment

  • Job description review.
  • O*NET occupational website access.
  • Job postings on Pure Michigan Talent Connect.
  • Access to recruitment mediums including Talent Connect, social media outlets, and American Job Center postings.
  • Career fairs and hiring events.
  • Application and resume collection, screening and processing.
  • Candidate interview scheduling and coordinating.
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  • Application screening saves you time and money and functions like your own HR department.
  • A variety of assessments are available based on your company needs such as WorkKeys and Wonderlic that are currently used to assess aptitude for specific occupations. This service includes a minimal testing fee.
  • We can pre-screen applicants for eligibility for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit – typically veterans and low-income candidates.
  • Candidates may also qualify for On-the-Job Training support.
  • We also offer coordination of interview and assessment schedules.

Network and Community Resources

Referrals to a variety of partner service providers including:

  • Small Business Development Center
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Veteran Services
  • Offender Success
  • Training Providers
  • Apprenticeship Success Coordinator

Build Your Team

employer training two young apprentices

On-the-job Training

On-the-job training reimburses employers up to 50% of wages for new employees to help reduce costs associated with new hires and to teach new employees specific skills needed for their position.

Businesses can start the process by referring new hires to U.P. Michigan Works! for screening eligibility. Approved individuals are enrolled into the program. The business services specialist will schedule a meeting with your business to complete the On-the-Job Training Agreement with you and the new hire.

manager training two young apprentices

Incumbent Worker Training

Develop your employees through Incumbent Worker Training (IWT). IWT upskills your current workforce to avoid layoffs, enter new markets, and improve your competitiveness. 

Contact a business services specialist to learn more about the eligibility requirements for IWT.

employer training three young apprentices

Work-based Learning

Host a work experience that offers meaningful, practical work related to an individual’s field of study or career interest. U.P. Michigan Works! is the employer of record and your organization serves as the training site to provide valuable experience, develop skills, and expand the talent pipeline in your industry. Employers under contract with UPMW must meet certain eligibility requirements.

The Going PRO Talent Fund is a competitive award available to employers to assist in training, developing, and retaining current or newly hired employees.

Awarded companies are eligible to be reimbursed for the cost of training for classroom training, on-the-job training, and registered apprentices. Training programs funded by the Talent Fund must be short-term and lead to an industry recognized credential. See Going PRO Talent Fund Fact Sheet for reimbursement amounts.

Talk with your business services specialist to assess your talent skill gaps and determine whether applying for the Going PRO Talent Fund is appropriate to help close those gaps.

Registered apprenticeships are a proven model, allowing employers to create a customized training program that combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training under the supervision of a mentor. Recruit, train, and retain a highly-skilled and diverse workforce.

Provide our future workforce the opportunity to earn while they learn, avoid or minimize tuition debt, and earn a portable, nationally-recognized credential in a flexible path to a great career.

Contact your business services specialist to learn how to start a registered apprenticeship program today!

The OneUP Collaborative

The OneUP Collaborative consists of multiple collectives that unite movers and shakers from private businesses, K-12, and postsecondary education, community organizations, economic development, and workforce development entities. The collectives are convened by Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! and led by professionals in their respective industries.

OneUP Collaborative