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Going PRO Talent Fund

Webinar: Going PRO in Michigan 2022

Friday, August 12, 2022 • 12:00 p.m.

Dave Worthams, MMA Director of Employment Policy, will join Express Employment Professionals for a free and interactive webinar that will review what the Going PRO Talent Fund is and what is expected for the 2023 fiscal year. MMA was instrumental in the creation of this valuable program and Dave serves as the resident expert on everything related to the Going PRO Talent Fund. Attendees will hear from employers who have successfully applied for Going PRO Talent Funds in the past as they share their tips and best practices to maximize these funds. Get a greater understanding and practical takeaways on how your company can benefit from the Going PRO Talent Fund.

Learn more and register online.

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.


Did You Know…

  • Going PRO funds can be used for on-the-job  training cost reimbursement in addition to  classroom/customized training
  • Up to $1,500 per trainee is available via Going PRO for classroom and on-the-job training, with up to $3,000 available per first-year USDOL Registered Apprentice
  • Since its inception, the Going PRO Talent Fund has directly funded more than $100 million toward talent and workforce development programs.

Program Statistics 2014-2021

  • Total Number of Awards: 5,300
  • Average Award Amount: $32,479
  • Average Training Cost Per Person: $1,075

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