The Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan Tuesday unveiled Going-PRO.com, a resource for students and jobseekers to learn more about professional trades.
“As students and jobseekers are exploring career opportunities in the Great Lakes State, it’s important they consider the rewarding and good-paying careers in the professional trades,” says Roger Curtis, director of the department.
“This new website is designed to drive awareness and consideration among students and jobseekers on these high-demand careers. It’s also about challenging the dated perceptions of these trades and making sure Michigan’s young people understand these are not the dirty-shop-floor jobs of the past; these are high-tech and rewarding careers leading the way in innovation here in Michigan.”
Professional trades include careers in the health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, construction, and automotive sectors. About 545,000 career openings through 2026 and 47,000 new job openings annually are expected.
“The goal of Going-PRO.com is to make it easy for Michiganders to learn about careers in the professional trades, dive deep into the data, and get connected with a pathway to some great opportunities,” says Lt. Governor Brian Calley. “Professional trades let you leverage your talents, work ethic, and know-how to do things that truly matter to you, your neighbors and all of Michigan. It’s a tremendous career path to consider.”
The new site features professional trades career salaries and job growth data; “A Day in the Life” series, or videos that highlight professionals in their careers; and information on local schools and training facilities.
“Perhaps the most important aspect of this site is its mobile friendliness,” says Curtis. “We want to make this a great experience for our young people. So reaching them where they are – on their phones – is a must. It also makes the information portable.”
While the site is available to everyone, additional information and demos are planned for schools through October in Gladwin, Hillsdale, metro Detroit, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Muskegon, Caro, Cadillac, and Alpena. Visit Going-PRO.com for more information.