Retain and Attract Talent with the Going PRO Talent Fund

With the manufacturing world struggling to retain and attract talent, having a culture of loyalty and investing in your workforce is more important than ever. Today, workers don’t necessarily seek employment with the highest paying opportunity, but rather with one where their career progression and development is important. Loyalty to an employer is now based on the loyalty the employer has to the employee.
Truth be told, 76% of workers say that a company would be more appealing if it offered additional training to staff, with 86% stating they would not leave their current position if their employer offered training and development.
The Going PRO Talent Fund (GPTF) was created by Michigan Works! and provides competitive funding to employers to assist in training, developing, and retaining current and newly hired employees. Through the Michigan Works! statewide network, the GPTF equips employers with loyal talent devoted to growing with the company.
Any Michigan employer with a need to advance their workforce’s skills may be eligible for funding. Training funded by the GPTF must be short-term and have a demonstrated talent need experienced by the employer. Training must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferrable and recognized by the industry.
To begin the application process, companies must contact their local Michigan Works! office to assess their skills gaps and determine if funding is appropriate. For more details on GPTF, visit this website.
Exciting changes have been made for the 2023 GPTF to further help manufacturers. The application process is now simpler and quicker than ever. Applications also will be accepted twice a year, likely in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023.
Manufacturers could be reimbursed up to $2,000 per person to train full-time new hires and/or upskilling existing workers, and up to $3,500 per USDOL registered apprentice.
At The Center, we are here to help ensure Michigan manufacturers improve and grow. Alongside Michigan Works!, we can assist you with the application process, develop a realistic and relevant training plan according to your needs, find training partners and get you scheduled to train at The Center.
The Center provides a wide variety of training that is eligible for GPTF support, covering topics that include Lean Manufacturing, Leadership, Project Management, Quality, Workforce Engagement, Industry 4.0 and more. View our course schedule for upcoming opportunities here.
In partnership with Michigan Works!, The Center will be hosting an interactive informational session from 9-11 a.m. on Sept. 19, 2022 to discuss the Going PRO Talent Fund. Denise VanHee, Director of Oakland County Michigan Works! will be present to answer any questions and discuss the benefits of funding. In-person space is limited. A live-stream option will also be provided to those who register. Reserve your FREE spot here
MEET OUR EXPERT: Tricia Onesian, Business Solutions Manager
Onesian_T-2019-web.jpgTricia started at The Center in January 2016 as a Business Solutions Manager. Previously, she spent six years as a Sales Executive/Relationship Manager for a highly successful commercial cleaning and building maintenance company. Her customer service passion began more than 25 years ago in various customer service and management positions with paper manufacturing and warehousing companies including Westvaco, Abitibi-Price and Toledo Harbor Warehousing. She also is enthusiastic about helping customers in their individual fundraising efforts that support health and community service programs.
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