Our Value to Employers

Business Services Team

The Business Services Team supports business sustainability, transition, and growth. Contact a Business Services Team Member for more information on the right services to support your business.

Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! recruitment

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
  • For information, contact us.
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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.
  • For assistance, contact us.

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
  • To explore partnerships and resources, contact us.

Going PRO

  • The Going PRO Talent Fund provides monetary awards to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly-hired employees.
  • Training funded by the Talent Fund must be short-term and 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.

Since the program began in 2014, nearly $100 million has been awarded to more than 3,000 businesses across the state, resulting in the retention of 72,542 jobs. At least $1.4 million went to around 49 businesses in the U.P. for the 2021 funding year.

  • For more information on Going PRO, please contact us.

Talent Tours

  • Talent Tours introduce youth, parents, and teachers to available career paths in their region by offering a behind-the-scenes look into in-demand businesses and industries.
  • Talent Tours help students understand employer education and training requirements necessary to secure employment.
  • Impacts include relationship building, establishing a talent pipeline, talent retention, and the opportunity to see real life application of coursework.
  • To schedule a Talent Tour of your business, contact us.

Apprenticeship Development

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  • Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! has partnered with CareerWise to bring you the CareerWise UP website!
  • Learn more about apprenticeships with this CareerWise Apprenticeship Brochure.
  • Apprenticeships can help an employer reduce turnover, increase productivity and improve the bottom line.
  • We make it easy for employers to provide a registered apprenticeship program by doing the background work to get the occupation approved, collaborating with local community colleges and training providers to develop classroom curriculum, and registering apprentices with the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • As the employer, you still have full control over your company’s program and will supervise and mentor your apprentices.
  • Benefits include:
    • Direct assistance from US Department of Labor
    • Simplified startup of your apprenticeship program.
    • Flexible programs; choose from a broad menu of training options to fit your company needs.
    • Assistance with recruitment.
    • Funding (if applicable).
  • Apprenticeships aren’t just for manufacturing or construction!  We also offer apprenticeship development in non-traditional industries such as healthcare, IT and retail.
  • To explore apprenticeship development, contact us.
Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! layoff and separation support

Layoff Aversion, Layoff Support and Dislocated Worker Services

  • As your local workforce development partner, we help businesses in distress.
  • If layoffs are necessary, we are available for early assistance to help the affected employees. We provide on-site orientation of all available resources for groups of workers affected by layoffs, plant closings, outsourcing or downsizing and can work with the employees to help them transition to new jobs.
  • For customized assistance, please contact us.
  • WARN Information
  • TAA Fact Sheet
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Employer assistance is closer than you think. Contact one of our offices today:

Business Resource Network

An Upper Peninsula-wide collaborative of businesses that helps employees succeed in the jobs they have.

The LiftUP Business Resource Network brings groups of employers together to:

  1. Collaborate with each other to address employee retention issues and business management ideas.
  2. Pool resources to share specialized services that assist their employees.
  3. Participate in roundtable discussions to determine what resources are most needed in their communities.
  4. Increase ROI by increasing productivity and reducing costs related to turnover.

LiftUP is a membership-based, public-private consortium of businesses and community resources. LiftUP Business Resource Network is dedicated to the overall success of the workforce in the Upper Peninsula. When we help get employees ready to win, their employers and their communities benefit, as well.

For more information about the LiftUP Business Resource Network, visit liftupmi.co