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Gearing Up for the 2023 Going PRO Talent Fund: Michigan’s #1 Talent Funding Source

This article appeared in the July/August 2022 issue of MiMfg Magazine. Read the full issue and find past issues online.

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 remains one of the state’s most effective resources to combat manufacturing’s talent crisis. Funds are awarded to employers to assist with short-term training that fills a demonstrated talent need for both new and incumbent employees.

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. Employers then gain access through Michigan Works! to apply for funds through a new online application submission process.

Get More

Find more information about the Going PRO Training Fund, including application details, in the MMA Going PRO page.

About the Author

Dave WorthamsDave Worthams is MMA’s Director of Employment Policy. Dave works to expand funding for Going PRO Talent Fund through the annual appropriations process and works with state regulators on the regulatory requirements of the program. He may be reached at 517-487-8511 worthams@mimfg.org.

Bill RaylBill Rayl is MMA’s Executive Director of Workforce Solutions. Bill has extensive experience in helping manufacturers collaborate with training providers, including working with Michigan Works! on successful applications for Going PRO Talent Fund dollars. He may be reached at 517-487-8513 rayl@mimfg.org.