Fill Talent Gaps in Your Facility with the Going PRO Talent Fund



workforce-training.jpgIn a time when manufacturers are struggling to maintain productivity due to an unprecedented talent shortage, the value of an effective employee training plan cannot be ignored. Building a relevant, strategic training plan is vital to developing and retaining all workers, regardless of their role or level within the organization. In fact, 76% of workers say that a company would be more appealing if it offered additional skills training to staff, with 86% stating they would not leave their current position if their employer offered training and development.

With these key facts in mind, manufacturers seeking additional funding and support for their training initiatives can find help through the Going PRO Talent Fund (GPTF). Learn more about GPTF and how it can support your workforce training through a few frequently asked questions below.

What is the Going PRO Talent Fund?
Created by Michigan Works!, an established partner in developing our state’s economic future, GPTF provides competitive funding to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employees. Through a collaborative statewide network of workforce and employee skill development partners, this program seeks to ensure companies have the talent they need to compete and grow, while equipping individuals with the skills they need for in-demand jobs.

GPTF provides more than just funding, as it also provides employers with loyal, ever-developing talent devoted to growing with the company. Through this service, GPTF helps manufacturers retain and develop the talent they need to thrive, right at home.

What are the eligibility requirements for training?
Any Michigan employer with a need for skill enhancement, including apprenticeship programs and advanced-tech training programs, may be eligible to apply for funding. Training must be short-term and fill a demonstrated talent need, and must result in a certification that is recognizable in the industry from a certified training organization. Existing or future permanent full-time employees 18 years or older are eligible for training support, with up to $1,500 available per employee for classroom or on-the-job training.

What is the funding application process?
To begin the application process, companies must first contact their local Michigan Works! office to assess their talent skill gaps and determine if GPTF funding would be an appropriate solution. Once this has been decided, they will work together to develop the necessary training plan, identify and document the number of individuals to be trained and find all available funding and resources to be used. Applications can only be submitted through the online portal and must consist of a solid rationale statement and detailed training plan.

How can the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) help with the application process?
The Center’s experts can help companies develop a realistic, relevant training plan according to their needs and goals. The Center also can assist companies with completing applications and finding training providers.

Does The Center provide training that qualifies for Going PRO support?
The Center provides a wide variety of training that is eligible for GPTF support, covering topics including Lean Manufacturing, Leadership, Project Management, Quality, Workforce Engagement, Industry 4.0 and more.

View a complete schedule of The Center’s upcoming certification courses here.

When can applications be submitted for FY2022 funding?
Applications for funding open October 1, 2021. Because this is a competitive bid grant, not every application will be awarded funding.

Learn more about the Going PRO Talent Fund at and contact your local Michigan Works! Office at Ask how The Center can assist with your application by contacting us at

In partnership with Michigan Works!, The Center is hosting an interactive event on August 20, 2021 from 9 to 11am to discuss the Going PRO Talent Fund and the steps needed to apply. In-person and webinar option available. Reserve your FREE spot at


Gorman,-Jim.jpgJim Gorman, Business Solutions Manager
Jim Gorman is a Business Solutions Manager at The Center. Jim works directly with manufacturers in Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Washtenaw, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties. Jim has extensive experience in process and product development, automation, strategic planning, portfolio management, operational efficiency and innovation. Jim holds multiple patents for automotive interior product innovations, several of which have been commercialized for serial production.  



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