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Going PRO Talent Fund

If your talent search is limited by available funding, Michigan’s Going PRO Talent Fund could be the solution. MMA has fought hard since 2014 to get more funding for this vital resource and this summer succeeded in securing the Fund’s availability now and into the future. Don’t miss out on your share of nearly $30 million in employer grants!

What is the Going PRO Talent Fund? What happened to the Skilled Trades Training Fund?

Thanks to a legislative partnership between MMA, Senator Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) and Governor Rick Snyder’s Administration, the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) has been given a new lease on life and a new identity — Going PRO Talent Fund!

The Going PRO Talent Fund remains one of the state’s most effective resources to combat manufacturing’s talent crisis. Since Fiscal Year 2014, more than 2,234 companies have received awards averaging over $32,000 each to go toward talent development, improved productivity, and greater employee retention. The Fund provides creative, driven, future-focused manufacturers with the tools and talent to compete in a global economy.

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Did You Know…

  • The nearly $30,000,000 in employer Going PRO Talent Fund (formerly STTF) grants for Fiscal Year 2019 represents the second consecutive year where so much talent funding was available to local manufacturers.
  • Since its inception, the Going PRO Talent Fund has helped manufacturers leverage nearly $1 billion in funding for talent and workforce development programs.
  • $500 in additional dollars per trainee will be offered for employers hiring veterans
  • Employers may be able to apply throughout the year (outside of regular application period) for innovative collaborative proposals

Program Statistics 2014-2018

  • Number of companies receiving awards: 2,234
  • Average amount of award: $32,068
  • Average training cost per person: $962

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Can my business apply for Going PRO funding directly?

No, the Talent Investment Agency (TIA) 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.

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

Check out the resources below for a program overview, fact sheet, frequently asked questions, program dashboards, and list of key contacts at MWAs in your region.

MWAs across the state are also hosting informational sessions, trainings and program orientations before and during the application period. You can connect directly with MWA contacts from the links below.

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What is the application period?

The application period for fiscal year 2019 for Going PRO Talent Fund grants opens 9/12/18 and all applications must be submitted by your local MWA no later than 10/3/18. Award announcements are expected to be made by late November / early December.

The funding for Fiscal Year 2019 is extremely limited. With hundreds of awards to disperse and potentially thousands of applications, the nearly $30 million in employer grants will disappear quickly.

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How do I connect with my local MWA?

Manufacturers may only apply for Going PRO Talent Fund grants through their local MWA. See below for MWA Talent Fund contacts in your region.

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Additional Going PRO Resources:

Contact Delaney McKinley

Delaney McKinleySenior Director of Government Affairs and Membership
Call 517-487-8530
E-mail mckinley@mimfg.org
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