Capital Area Michigan Works! and the State of Michigan Talent Investment Agency (TIA) are investing $3,485,709 in Greater Lansing businesses, with a goal of helping the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) provide a marketable skill or recognized credential for individuals receiving training. Participating businesses are then able to compete, expand and make a positive contribution to their local and state economies.
“Michigan’s economy is growing, and so is the need for enhanced training and talent,” said Edythe Hatter-Williams, CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works!, “The STTF awards help businesses invest in this training and talent development.”
The business services team at Capital Area Michigan Works! worked with 54 employers in the region to submit 110 applications for this year’s STTF funding; of those applications, 102 were approved.
A partnership formed in 2013, the STTF addresses the need for funding to provide additional training opportunities. The partnership includes the Workforce Development Agency within the TIA, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Works! agencies, employers, and community colleges and training programs in Michigan.
The funds will allow 3,819 individuals to receive training, resulting in more than 472 newly registered apprentices with the U.S. Department of Labor. That means an average of $1,142 will be spent on each of those trainees, with hourly wages averaging $24.86.
The TIA website states that trainees may be any Michigan resident 18 years of age or older. Trainees who live out-of-state and work for a Michigan company that pays all applicable taxes to the State of Michigan are also eligible.
Trainees, both current employee(s) and individuals to be hired, must be permanent, full- time employees of the employer. Seasonal and part-time employees, current or future, are ineligible. For more information, visit camw.org.