Automation Alley Offers Funding for IT Training


TROY — Automation Alley has opened a second round of funding for its Technical Talent Development Program designed to provide high-level IT training for current and potential employees.

Funded by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the program in partnership with Oakland Community College and Oakland County Michigan Works! agencies, includes a $1 million Challenge Fund available to Automation Alley member companies — from entrepreneurial startup firms to mature companies — with immediate IT training needs.  Current companies receiving funds include, Beaumont Health Systems, Delphi Automotive Systems, GalaxE. Solutions, and HP Enterprise Services, and others.

The program allows companies to identify and train candidates for required IT skills to fill current positions. The program has trained 181 new hires and 124 current employees in programs and software including, Cico, Oracle, CompTIA, Epic, and mobile app development.

Rather than training candidates for IT positions that may or may not already exist, the program allows employers to identify their desired candidates for available positions and then train them to the needed level of IT skill. In this way, the program addresses the skills gap in the IT industry — caused in part by the rapid development of new technologies — simultaneously deepening the IT talent pool and reducing unemployment.  

Application deadline is Dec. 6. For applcations and more information visit