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How to Leverage Going PRO Talent Funds

If your talent development is limited by available funding, Michigan’s Going PRO Talent Fund could be the solution. The fund makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employees.  Here’s what you need to know to get your share of nearly $30 million in employer grants. Applications open August-September 2019.

By 2026, there will be 545,000 jobs open in Michigan that require levels of specialized or skilled training. Our current talent pools don’t have nearly enough skilled workers to fill open jobs.

Regrettably, there is not a silver bullet for this dilemma; however, there are a number of proactive steps being taken to close the skills gap. One program that has already produced success is the Going PRO Talent Fund. Going PRO, formally known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund, was created to assist employers in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employees. Businesses of all sizes have been utilizing the program since its inception and are seeing measurable results.

What is the Going PRO Talent Fund?

Formerly known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund, the Going PRO Talent Fund remains one of the state’s most effective resources to combat manufacturing’s talent crisis. Since Fiscal Year 2014, more than 2,234 companies have received awards averaging over $32,000 each to go toward talent development, improved productivity, and greater employee retention.

Did You Know…

  • Nearly $30,000,000 in employer Going PRO Talent Fund

    SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD training is eligible for Going Pro Talent fund grants.

    grants have been awarded for the 2019 Fiscal Year.

  • Since its inception, the Going PRO Talent Fund has directly funded more than $100 million toward talent and workforce development programs.
  • Employers may be able to apply throughout the year (outside of regular application period) for innovative collaborative proposals

Program Statistics 2014-2018

  • Number of companies receiving awards: 2,234
  • Average amount of award: $32,068
  • Average training cost per person: $962

Can my business apply for Going PRO funding directly?

No, the Talent Investment Agency (TIA) grants the funds to employers through local Michigan Works! agencies.

Michigan Works! Agencies (MWA) Business Services staff conduct fact-finding sessions with employers to assess their talent skill gaps, suitable training providers and availability of federal funding sources. The MWA Business Services staff can then determine whether Going PRO Talent Fund grants would be appropriate to help close the skills gap.

During the application period, MWAs submit Going PRO Talent Fund applications to TIA on behalf of their partnering employer.

How can I learn more about the Going PRO Talent Fund?

Check out these resources for a Program OverviewFact SheetFrequently Asked QuestionsGoing PRO Talent Fund Website, and list of MWA Regional Contacts

MWAs across the state are also hosting informational sessions, trainings and program orientations before and during the application period. You can connect directly with MWA contacts from the links below.

When is the application period?

The application period for fiscal year 2020 is August – September. In years past, applications for Going PRO Talent Fund grants opens in September while all applications must be submitted by your local MWA in October. Award announcements are expected to be made by late November / early December.

How do I connect with my local Michigan Works Assoc?

Manufacturers may only apply for Going PRO Talent Fund grants through their local MWA Regional Contacts.

All Going PRO Links:

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