Applications for the first cycle of awards through Going PRO Talent Fund opened today, Nov. 21. Michigan employers looking to take advantage of the program can apply for a share of approximately $50 million in competitive training awards over the course of two application cycles.
Going PRO Talent Fund helps ensure employers have the talent they need to grow and stay competitive by providing awards to assist in training, developing, and retaining current and newly hired employees. Training must fill a demonstrated talent need experienced by the employer and lead to a transferable, industry-recognized credential.
This year, the application process includes increased transparency for applicants, allowing them to see their scores prior to submitting an application and make adjustments as needed.
Going PRO Talent Fund grants are awarded to employers through the Michigan Works! network (MWAs). Participating employers play an integral role in defining their key training needs, then working with their local MWAs and other partners to develop an appropriate training plan.
Among other responsibilities, employers who apply for Going PRO Talent Funds are expected to participate in the planning and designing of the training project and use Pure Michigan Talent Connect and their local MWAs to recruit for job openings.
Businesses interested in learning more or applying for funding should contact their local Michigan Works! Service Center. Contact information may be found at MichiganWorks.org.
The application period for the first award cycle ends Monday, Dec. 12, at noon Eastern Standard Time, and selected applicants will be announced in January 2023. The second application cycle will open late spring 2023.