The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) praised action by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Talent and Economic Development for increasing funding levels proposed to be appropriated to the successful Going PRO Talent Fund.
The Going PRO Talent Fund remains one of the state’s most effective resources to impart workers with in-demand skills and combat the talent crisis facing Michigan’s advanced manufacturing sector. Since Fiscal Year 2014, more than 16,000 workers from more than 2,200 companies have benefited from awards to support talent development, improved productivity, and greater employee retention. The Fund provides creative, future-focused manufacturers with the tools and talent to compete in a global economy.
This week, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Talent and Economic Development reported a budget bill with an increase of $10 million dollars for the Going PRO Talent Fund, bringing the total proposed funding for fiscal year 2020 to $37.9 million. The bill will now be reviewed by the full Senate Appropriations Committee.
“We commend Chairman Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) for his continued leadership and support for this critical program that has provided an outstanding return on investment for the State of Michigan in terms of demand-driven training that is needed by employers and sought-after skills for Michigan workers,” said Delaney McKinley, MMA senior director of government affairs and membership. “A strong and talented workforce is essential to the continued growth of Michigan’s advanced manufacturing industry.”