Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s goal to increase the number of working-age adults with a skill certificate or college degree to 60% by 2030 has been given a boost through the Going PRO Talent Fund.
Nearly 30,000 workers throughout Michigan are gaining skills needed for in-demand career paths via $39 million in grants from the fund.
“Now more than ever, we need to invest in our talent and businesses to ensure strong economic recovery and growth,” Whitmer said. “Programs like the Going PRO Talent Fund allow us to put Michiganders on the path to good-paying jobs while helping Michigan employers develop the critical talent they need to compete in the global economy.”
The Going PRO Talent Fund has supported over 90,000 workers with training since the program’s inception in 2014. The grants assist in training, developing and keeping both new hires and current employees. The caveat? Training has to fill a demonstrated talent need by the employer. It also must lead to a credential for a skill that is recognized by industry and transferable.
“With 545,000 professional trades job openings expected through the year 2026, this fund plays a vital role in helping Michigan employers meet their talent needs by investing in homegrown workers,” Susan Corbin, acting director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity said.
For more information, visit Michigan.gov/TalentFund.