Since 2013 they have applied for and received millions of Going Pro Talent Fund dollars. The Going Pro Talent Fund (previously Skilled Trades Training Fund) provides competitive awards for short-term training that addresses documented skill deficits.
Employers play an integral role in the Talent Fund program; they work with their Michigan Works! agency (MWA) and partners in economic development and education to identify the skill deficit and develop the training.
The training must lead to full-time or continued employment. Allowable training and targeted funding amounts include:
- Customized/classroom training: up to $1,500 per individual
- On-site training: up to $1,500 per individual
- US-DOL registered apprenticeships: up to $3,000 per individual
An additional $500 is allowed for new hire veterans (Form DD-214 required with reimbursement request).
Components of a successful application
A successful application for the Talent Fund outlines a customized training model that will adapt to the employer’s changing demand for talent. It should communicate a strong rationale for the training and include:
- The issues that the company is facing and how it and the proposed training will address them with support from the state
- Equipment that the company purchased or intends to purchase with regard to this training
- Future business increases due to this training
- Future business losses if training is not received
- The impact the training will have on employees that receive training or the negative fallout should they not receive the training
Employers who apply for a Talent Fund grant will be expected to:
- Investigate and document the training need
- Be involved in the planning and design of the training
- Pay wages that are equal to or greater than the local prevailing wage for the applicable job title
- Provide required documentation for reimbursement
- Commit to retain employee(s) post training
How to apply
All Talent Fund applications must be submitted through a Michigan Works! agency. A business solutions representative will work with each employer to connect with partners to develop the training plan and ensure a complete and fundable application.
Completed applications for 2019 awards are due to Michigan Works! by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 3, 2018. The Talent Investment Agency will announce the awards in early December.
Contact West Michigan Works! at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 336-2393 for more information. Download the program overview for more details.