LANSING — The Michigan Workforce Development Agency awarded $8.6 million in grants for skilled trades training programs to 23 Michigan Works! agencies around the state.
“Our strong skilled workforce separates Michigan from other states and the need for more skilled workers is only accelerating as our economy gains momentum,” Gov. Rick Snyder says. “We are determined to provide Michigan residents the training needed to fill these jobs with workforce programs that are responsive to the needs of industry.”
Agencies receiving the grants will distribute funds to 236 employers, who will use the funds to upskill 6,085 current employees and 2,529 new employees. The program is expected to create nearly 771 new jobs.
The Skilled Trades Training Fund, created by Snyder in 2013, is designed to fund employer-driven training in high-demand occupations. Participating businesses commit to retain employees who receive on-the-job training and hire participants following the completion of classroom programs.
“Employers are involved in every step of the process, including identifying key skill sets and recommending the appropriate type of training,” says Christine Quinn, director of the Workforce Development Agency. “This level of involvement translates into job growth for the business and job opportunities for the workers.”
For more information on the Skilled Trades Training Fund Program, visit the Workforce Development Agency at michigan.gov/wda/