Labor and Economic Opportunity
Grants will add nearly 500 new registered apprentices by fall of 2020
Contact: Stepheni Willis
May 1, 2019
LANSING, Mich. – In an effort to create new Registered Apprenticeship opportunities that will help address the skilled workforce talent gap, the Talent Investment Agency’s Workforce Development Agency recently awarded approximately $1.3 million in U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) State Apprenticeship Expansion grants to eight organizations.
|Grant Awardee||Location||Grant Amount|
|Networks Northwest||Traverse City||$120,000|
|Michigan Works! Southwest||Kalamazoo||$138,125|
|Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids||Grand Rapids||$150,000|
|West Michigan Works!||Grand Rapids||$210,000|
|Michigan Works! Region 7B||Gladwin||$240,000|
“These grants will fund innovative Registered Apprenticeships that support Governor Whitmer’s jobs plan that is focused on creating more opportunities for Michigan residents to develop high-wage skills,” Stephanie Beckhorn, Acting Director of the Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan, said. “These apprenticeships will result in the addition of nearly 500 new Registered Apprentices by the fall of 2020.”
In June 2018, the USDOL awarded State Apprenticeship Expansion continuation funds to TIA’s Workforce Development Agency to support these grants. The goal of these USDOL grants is threefold:
There is a growing demand for jobs in the professional trades, but Michigan businesses cannot find enough people with in-demand skills to fill jobs that will help them grow and thrive. By 2020, 70 percent of the jobs in Michigan will require some postsecondary education, but currently only 45 percent of Michigan workers have a certificated skill or degree, and Michigan needs to fill an additional 15,000 jobs in the professional trades every year until 2024. Governor Whitmer, in her State of the State address, announced a new statewide goal of increasing the number of Michiganders between the ages of 16 and 64 with a postsecondary credential from 45 to 60 percent by 2030, and these grants will help work toward that goal, as Registered Apprenticeships contribute to postsecondary credential attainment.
Michigan has over 18,000 active Registered Apprentices who are earning while learning, according to the USDOL. From an employer perspective, it is an opportunity to make an all-important investment in their workforce by training individuals in the skills they need to make their business successful, while, at the same time, creating a pipeline of talent that can continue to move up within the company as retirements occur. From a student perspective, they have little or no college tuition debt while learning and earning skills for jobs that pay an average salary of more than $60,000 per year.
About the Talent Investment Agency (TIA)
TIA is the agency that combines Michigan Unemployment Insurance and Workforce Development and is responsible for their activities. Businesses need a talented workforce. Workers need the right skills to compete for available jobs. TIA programs are focused on job preparedness, career-based education, worker training, employment assistance and unemployment insurance. Please visit our website to see all that we offer.