Michigan Works! Southeast receives up to $3.6 Million to assist area businesses

SOUTHEAST MI – Michigan Works! Southeast will receive up to $3.6 Million from the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity (LEO) to train workers at 66 companies throughout the region. Collectively, these 66 companies will train 1,883 employees, which includes 789 new hires and 330 United Stated Dept. of
Labor Registered Apprentices.

The grant awards are part of the State’s Going PRO Talent Fund, which is now in its ninth year. The Fund provides competitive awards for training that enhances talent, productivity, and employee retention while increasing the quality and competitiveness of Michigan’s businesses. It works to ensure that employers have the talent they need to compete and grow, and so that employees have the in-demand skills they need to be successful.

Tom Robinson, Business Services Manager for Michigan Works! Southeast says that staff will be working closely with these companies in the next few months to ensure that the companies achieve their training goals. “These grants help both new and existing employees at these companies gain the skills they need to perform their jobs effectively,” Robinson said. “We are excited to increase the number of registered apprenticeships, for which we can offer additional services through our new Apprenticeship Works program,” said Robinson.

“I would like to thank our regional and state Economic Development partners as well as LEO for providing these well-needed funds,” says Shamar Herron, Executive Director of Michigan Works! Southeast. “Equally important is a special thank you to our business communities for trusting us as partners in this process. Efforts like Going PRO continue to move the Great State of Michigan into national prominence,” says Herron.

Visit https://www.mwse.org/going-pro to view the recipients of the 2023 award.

Michigan Works! Southeast connects employers and job seekers to a better future in Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, and Washtenaw Counties as part of a statewide Michigan Works! system.