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Going PRO Talent Fund

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Locating, training and retaining talent  remains a top business challenge for manufacturers and the Going PRO Talent Fund has been a critical tool since 2014. More than $55 million is expected to be available to Michigan employers for Fiscal Year 2023, which begins 10/1/21 and significant changes are expected to be announced to the award timeline, application and reporting requirements soon.  Get details and get you ready for this year’s for Going PRO award cycle.

 

Talent — locating, training and retaining — remains a top business challenge for manufacturers and the Going PRO Talent Fund has been a critical tool since 2014. More than $55 million will be available to Michigan employers for Fiscal Year 2023, which begins 10/1/22.

What is the Going PRO Talent Fund?

The Going PRO Talent Fund awards funds to employers for 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.

MMA has fought hard since 2014 to support Michigan’s vital Going PRO Talent Fund, a vital resource of employer grants for talent solutions. More than $55 million will be available to Michigan employers for Fiscal Year 2023, which begins 10/1/22.

Eligible Training

Training programs funded by the Going PRO 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.

  • Classroom or Customized training
  • On-the-job Training for new employees
  • Apprenticeships for first-year US Department of Labor (USDOL) Registered Apprentices.
Reimbursement for Training
  • Up to $2,000 per person for classroom
    or customized training
  • Up to $2,000 per person for on-the-job training for new employees
  • Up to $3,500 per person for USDOL
    Registered Apprenticeships
How Does My Company Apply?

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity awards funds to employers through Michigan’s workforce system, commonly known as the Michigan Works! network. Michigan Works! Business Services staff conduct fact-finding sessions with employers to assess their talent and skill gaps, suitable training providers and availability of federal funding sources.

Can my business apply for Going PRO funding directly?

No, the Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity (LEO) grants the funds to employers through local Michigan Works! agencies.

Michigan Works! Agencies (MWA) Business Services staff conduct fact-finding sessions with employers to assess their talent skill gaps, suitable training providers and availability of federal funding sources. The MWA Business Services staff can then determine whether Going PRO Talent Fund grants would be appropriate to help close the skills gap.

During the application period, MWAs submit Going PRO Talent Fund applications to TIA on behalf of their partnering employer.

How can I learn more about the Going PRO Talent Fund?

Check out these resources for more information:

Contact David Q. Worthams

David Q. Worthams

Director of Employment Policy
Call 517-487-8511
E-mail worthams@mimfg.org