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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.
Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! training


  • 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
employer training two young apprentices

Workforce Training & Skill Building

  • Leverage our strong networks to find training providers to educate your workforce.
  • Use wage incentives to gauge your compatibility with potential employees in low-risk conditions.
  • Create opportunities for youth to explore your job opportunities with our help.
  • Develop and strengthen your team using our funding sources.
  • Work with us to develop a financial aid package tailored to your needs.
manager training two young apprentices

Incumbent Worker Training

  • Develop your employees through Incumbent Worker Training (IWT). IWT upskills your current workforce and helps your organization get ready to win.
  • Goals of an IWT include:
    • Layoff Aversion
    • Skill Upgrades
    • Entering New Markets
    • Improve Market Competitiveness
    • New Machinery or Processes
    • New Technology
    • Product Diversification
  • Employers must meet the following requirements:
    • Must be willing to work with the U.P. Michigan Works! (UPMW) Business Services team, using various services provided at our American Job Centers.
    • Must be in operation for a minimum of one year prior to application date.
    • Must have at least five full-time employees.
    • Must provide a minimum 51% contribution to the training program. This contribution can be cash or non-cash goods and services such as: wages paid to the trainees during the training, equipment purchased to be used in the training, training materials and supplies, curriculum development, facility usage, and instructor or trainee travel expenses.   
    • Funds tied to incumbent worker training may be used to pay for direct training costs, such as tuition, speaker fees, training contracts, and more.
employer training three young apprentices

Work-based Learning

  • Set up a Work-Based Learning (WBL) for future employees. A WBL is a program that gives real-world work experience, and a paycheck, to eligible youth who are enrolled in a U.P. Michigan Works! (UPMW) program. It’s combined with traditional classroom learning and other experiences to increase career readiness. The applicant’s age, income, and barriers are used to verify program eligibility.
  • An employer, or group of employers, under contract with UPMW must meet the following criteria:
  • Must not have relocated their business, or part of their business, from any location in the United States in the past 120 days which resulted in layoffs at the original location.
  • Must have operated in the Upper Peninsula region for at least 120 days prior.
  • Must offer wages, benefits, and working conditions to the work-based learning participant(s) that are equal to those provided to regular employees.
  • Must not have an unresolved labor dispute pending if a union is present or have any employees currently on layoff status regardless of union presence.
  • Cannot illegally discriminate in training or hiring practices because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or political beliefs or affiliations.
  • An employer who receives direct reimbursement payments (as opposed to paying a training provider on their behalf) must meet the following criteria:
  • Registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is current on all payments.
  • Have an account with the State of Michigan for Unemployment Insurance and current on all payments.
  • Carry workman’s compensation insurance and is current on all payments.
  • Contact a local Business Services team member to set up a work-based learning.