Our Value to Job Seekers

Various at Northern Machining and Repair
Escanaba, MI - Get ready to win as a Welder/Fabricator or as Engineering Support CAD at Northern Michigan and Repair.
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Sheet Metal Worker
Various, MI - Improve and upgrade your skills through union-sponsored education and training programs, and start building your future debt-free today.
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Various, MI - The apprenticeship currently instructs 60 students in all disciplines of electrical work. After completing a five year combination of classroom and on the job training and passing the State of Michigan electrical exam, our students are certified as Journeyman Wireman.
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Bricklayer/Allied Craftsworker
Various, MI - Out of the most basic elements of the earth: stone, granite, marble, sand, clay, brick and block, out of all of these we build with creativity, confidence and artisanship.
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Various, MI - Our member carpenters help build diverse projects, large and small, residential and commercial. Union millwrights work with precision machinery, installing and maintaining everything from conveyor systems to turbines and generators.
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Operating Engineer
Various, MI - Operating Engineers 324 has played a central role in building, operating and maintaining Michigan’s industrial infrastructure.
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Various, MI - From welding and fitting pipes in a wastewater plant, papermill, mine, or power plant to installing steam systems beneath a city street, we are the men and women who keep critical systems intact.
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Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! employment support

Employment Support

  • Utilize Pure MI Talent Connect to search for U.P. jobs.
  • Get help writing a resume or filling out an application.
  • Learn interviewing tips and practice mock interviews.
  • Access technology (phone, fax, copy, scan, email, print).
  • Learn to use technology (all skill levels).
  • Explore work readiness and interest inventories.
  • Acquire soft skills.
  • Learn effective job searching techniques.
  • And much more!
Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! career support

Career Support

  • Matching workers to employment opportunities.
  • Overcoming barriers to getting a job or staying employed.
  • Changing careers.
  • Connecting to apprenticeships, work experiences and on-the-job training.
  • Attaining a certification, credential or license.
  • Exploring career pathways.
  • Training that leads to industry-recognized credentials for in-demand jobs.
  • Access to high quality workforce services for individuals with disabilities.
  • Workforce Development Programs that meet the needs of local employers.
  • And much more!
Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Youth Support Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

  • Tutoring, study skills training, and instruction.
  • Dropout prevention and recovery services.
  • Paid and unpaid work experiences.
  • Summer employment opportunities.
  • Pre-apprenticeship programs, internships, job shadowing and on-the-job training opportunities.
  • Financial literacy education.
  • Career awareness, career counseling, and career exploration services.
  • Activities that help youth prepare for, and transition to, post-secondary education and training.
  • And much more!
Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! General Support for Youth

General Support for Youth

  • Work-Based Learning – a paid position that helps you hone your current skills and develop your employability.
  • Talent Tours – a behind-the-scenes look at local businesses and work opportunities.
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) events like UP Skills Challenge and UP Professional Trades Careers Day.
  • Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) – equipping young adults with the skills to win at school, employment, and beyond.
  • The Young Professionals program, career exploration, job shadowing, and work experiences.
  • And much more! 
Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! Specialized Support

Specialized Support

  • Partnership, Accountability, Training, Hope (PATH) – work readiness for participants of the Family Independence Program.
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) – assistance for those who’ve lost a job as a result of foreign trade.
  • Returning Citizens – employment for those seeking a second chance.
  • Re-Employment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) – services to help you return to work faster.
  • Veterans – priority of service for Veterans and referrals to Veterans’ Career Advisors.
  • Michigan Rehabilitation Services – referrals to vocational rehabilitation professionals.
  • And much more!
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  • Focuses on underrepresented populations and distressed geographic regions.
  • Offers short-term customized education and training opportunities resulting in industry-recognized credentials that eliminate barriers to employment.
  • Utilizes MiLEAP Navigators to ensure participants’ continuous progress
  • Provides support to increase distance, hybrid or blended learning modalities.
  • Accelerated career pathways leading to a credential and/or employment.
  • Want to know if you qualify? Go to Michigan.gov/MiLEAP for more information.
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  • We’re looking for healthcare heroes. (No experience required!)
  • There’s a new opportunity that supports the education and training needed to get started in an in-demand healthcare career – and we hope you’ll consider taking advantage of it.
  • Michigan Rural Enhanced Access to Careers in Healthcare (MiREACH) participants receive on-the-job experience, the opportunity to support our rural community, and an entry into a career with great
    advancement opportunities!
  • MiREACH participants may also be eligible for various wraparound supports such as transportation
    and childcare.
  • Get started today by calling Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! at  800-285-9675).
  • More
    information about MiREACH is available at Michigan.gov/MiREACH.
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Job Seeker assistance is closer than you think. Contact one of our offices today.