The Michigan Going PRO Talent Fund
makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing, and retaining current and newly hired employees. Training funded by the Talent Fund must be short-term and fill a demonstrated talent that need to be experienced by the employer. Training must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by the industry.
What is the application process for employers?
The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity-Workforce Development (LEO-WD) awards funds to employers through Michigan Works! Agencies (MWA). 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. If they determine Talent Fund awards are appropriate, they grant the employers access to a convenient online application submission process. Interested employers should engage their local MWA early to allow ample time to complete the fact-finding process to ensure application.
Which employees are eligible to participate?
Employees, current or new, must meet each of the following criteria:
- A permanent, full-time employee of the employer when the approved training begins.
- Works primarily in Michigan, and for whom the employer pays all applicable taxes to the State of Michigan, regardless of where the employee lives.
- 18 years of age or older.
- Citizen or legally authorized to work in the U.S.
What kind of training programs are approved as part of this program?
All training must fill a demonstrated talent need experienced by the employer, be short term and lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by industry. The amount requested cannot exceed $2,000 per person or $3,500 per U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Registered Apprentice. It must also meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Classroom or customized training
- New employee on-the-job training
- Training for USDOL Registered Apprentices
Reimbursement for Training
Classroom or customized training
- Up to $2,000 per person
New employee on-the-job training
- Ror new employees up to $2,000 per person
Training for USDOL Registered Apprentices
- (First year through completion) up to $3,500 per person
Contact your local Michigan Works! Associations for more information about the application: The Going PRO Talent Fund Key Contacts
To learn more about The Going PRO Talent Fund visit: Michigan.gov
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