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ESCANABA (December 2018)—  The UPward Talent Council Michigan Works! is pleased to announce that Upper Peninsula employers have received funding in total of $1,154,724 from the Going PRO Talent Fund. Last year, Upper Peninsula employers received $685,097 in funding. Applications closed on October 12, 2018 and award recipients were announced Thursday, December 20. 

The Going PRO Talent Fund, formerly known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund, increases the quality and competitiveness of Michigan’s employers by providing competitive awards for customized employer responsive training. The intent of these awards are to enhance and train talent, increase productivity and employment retention, support registered apprenticeships, and meet the current demand needed to address the skills gaps of employees.

Michigan’s Talent Investment Agency (TIA) states training must be “customized to meet employee skill requirements and is short-term in duration, preferably less than three months, with no training extending more than six months.” TIA more specifically states, “The training must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by industry.” Employers who utilize these grant funds must commit to retaining employees after completion of their training.

Employers interested in Going PRO Talent Funds collaborated with their local Michigan Works! American Job Center staff to complete applications. The Upper Peninsula’s UPward Talent Council Michigan Works! serves all 15 counties and submitted applications to the State of Michigan on behalf of the employer in October 2018.

From 2014-2018, 2,234 companies state-wide were awarded training funds. The average amount of each award was $32,068. The average training cost per person was $962. Sizes of companies receiving awards range from less than 100 employees, to 500 or more employees. Employers are encouraged to hire veterans and receive an additional $500 for each newly-hired veteran.

For more information about the UPward Talent Council Michigan Works! services and the Going PRO Talent Fund, please contact your local American Job Center. For information on contacting us, please visit our website at www.upmichiganworks.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram at @UPMichiganWorks.