Between now and 2024, more than half a million jobs in the professional trades will come open in Michigan. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has launched a new initiative to ensure enough Michiganders are trained to fill those job openings.
Whitmer launched the Going PRO campaign in March to help employers across the state fill jobs in high-paying, highly rewarding careers such as information technology, computer science, health care, manufacturing, and other business and professional trades fields.
“When we talk about careers in the professional trades, we are talking about careers in high-tech, high-demand industries that will position our state as a leader in innovation,” Whitmer said in a news release.
As part of the Going PRO campaign, the governor is calling for 60% of Michiganders to achieve postsecondary credentials by 2030. The result will be more opportunities for students and job seekers to take advantage of apprenticeships, on-the-job training, certificates or associate degrees for in-demand careers.
“We want students to not only know what high-wage, high-demand career opportunities are available right here in Michigan, but to also prepare them for the best path to learn and train for those careers after high school,” said Stephanie Beckhorn, acting director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development.
With more than 500,000 professional trades jobs being open in the next five years, Beckhorn said it is essential to educate people to fill those positions. Whitmer’s proposed 2020 state budget reaffirms the need to address the state’s talent gap, including an additional $50 million to fund career and technical education.
Learn more about the Going PRO initiative at going-pro.com.