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 available to Michigan employers for Fiscal Year 2023, which began 10/1/22 and significant changes have been announced to the award timeline, application and reporting requirements. Get details in this informational session with MMA and the State’s Going PRO Talent Fund team.
Since 2014, the Going PRO Talent Fund has provided more than $170 million to more than 5,000 Michigan employers with an average award amount of $32,499.
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 crucial resource of employer grants for talent solutions. More than $55 million is available to Michigan employers for Fiscal Year 2023, which began 10/1/22.
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. Business Services staff then help employers to access the state’s online application system known as WBLOMS.
NEW for Fiscal Year 2023!
In response to MMA and employer input, the State has made significant improvements to the Going PRO Talent Fund program for the fiscal year beginning 10/1/22, including:
- A new streamlined application
- Scoring transparency for employers prior to application submission
- Increased funding per person
- Priority to support USDOL Registered Apprenticeship completion
- Multiple application award cycles
||Cycle 1 (Feb-Jan)
||Cycle 2 (July-June)
||November 21, 2022 –
December 12, 2022
(12:00 PM ET – Noon)
|Late Spring 2023
||February 1, 2023 -
January 31, 2024
|July 1, 2023 -
June 30, 2024
|Industry-led Collaborative (ILC)
Industry-Led Collaboratives (ILCs)
An ILC brings together multiple employers (a minimum of two), education and training institutions, workforce development organizations, and other applicable partners to formulate training and education solutions to fill identified talent gaps. Successful ILCs solve a common or shared workforce problem.
Contact MMA’s Executive Director of Workforce Solutions Bill Rayl to discuss how you can leverage the power of collaboration to increase your competitiveness while creating, training and filling in-demand jobs.
Check out these resources for more information:
Executive Director of Workforce Solutions
David Q. Worthams
Director of Employment Policy