Training Days


A formal education can’t cover everything, especially as business and manufacturing evolve with technology. Employers increasingly depend on, and invest in, training and preparation programs such as apprenticeships, internships, co-ops, and mentorships to fill their talent pipeline. Whether the programs act as pre-hire test periods, training, or just experience for the trainee, they will continue to shape the workforce.

Employer offerings

Apprenticeship: An industry-driven career pathway where employers develop and prepare their future workforce. Participants obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally recognized credential. Apprenticeships are common in skilled trades.

Mentorship: A long-term relationship that focuses on the professional growth and development of the mentee. Mentors serve as sources of wisdom and support. Any company or organization can establish mentorships, and people can find mentors outside of their workplaces.

Internship: A supervised, structured learning experience for students in a professional setting that allows them to gain experience in their chosen field of study. Some internships are paid, and most are obtained through colleges and require at least some classroom time.
Source: University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Co-op: Paid positions that require students to alternate semesters between full-time work and full-time academic study. Students who participate in such programs like those offered at Kettering University in Flint are often offered full-time jobs upon the completion of a co-op.
Source: University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Apprenticeship spotlight: ISAIC

Detroit’s Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center offers an apprenticeship program where individuals can earn journey cards that lead to full-time positions. The program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. In May, Dearborn’s Carhartt Inc. dedicated 12,000 square feet of space at its location at 5800 Cass Ave. (just south of I-94) in Detroit to ISAIC, as well as $1.8 million for the space’s build-out. The factory is expected to open this spring, and three apparel companies have signed on for production. The center’s manufacturing process will produce garments more efficiently, and reduce waste and shipping needs.

Power base: Knowing where the jobs are, how much they pay, and what careers are in growth areas is helpful when entering the maker market. // Infographics by Alexander Shammami

Salaries by Sector

Salaries by Sector
Source: U-M Annual Salary Report

Michigan's Export Partners

Jobs in Demand

The following jobs are expected to see the highest demand through 2026, based on the number of openings expected per year:

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Sources: State of Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, and the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives

Top 10 Maker Employers in Michigan by Total Employees

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Professional trades include jobs in manufacturing, automotive, information technology, health care, construction, and more.

  • The median income for professional trades in Michigan is $54,000 per year.
  • Michigan’s economy will need to fill 545,000 professional trade careers through 2026.
  • There are expected to be 47,000 professional trade job openings each year in Michigan through 2026.

Source: Going Pro In Michigan

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Pure Michigan Talent Connect highlights the following apprenticeships available in Michigan:

  • CNC machinist
  • Computer programmer
  • Early childhood educator
  • Electrical technician
  • Emergency medical technician-paramedic
  • Engineering technician
  • Food processing technician
  • Graphic design
  • Industrial maintenance mechanic
  • Industrial manufacturing technician
  • Machine builder
  • Machine repair
  • Medical assistant
  • Michigan Statewide Carpenters and Millwrights JATF
  • Mold-maker
  • Office manager/administrative services
  • Paramedic
  • Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training – Construction (PACT)
  • Prototype technician
  • Quality engineer
  • Robotic welding
  • Sous chef
  • Tool and die-maker/Tool-maker
  • Transmission line worker/fiber optic line worker
  • Welding