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Going PRO Talent Fund Supports Employer-Led Training and Upskilling

The Going PRO Talent Fund, an annual competitive grant program that awards businesses funds that can be used on training and apprenticeships to attract and retain current and newly hired employees, is re-opening its application this fall.

The grant application will open Sept. 20, 2021, and close Oct. 15, 2021. Awards are expected to be announced mid-December with the training and retention period beginning Jan. 1, 2022, until Dec. 31, 2022.

Interested applicants must work with their local Michigan Works! Agency (MWA) to apply. MWAs provide extensive resources and technical assistance around the Going PRO application and project implementation. While employers will apply through the State’s Going PRO portal, they will need to participate in an initial discussion with a business service representative from their local MWA.

To assist businesses in learning more about the process and applying, many Michigan Works! Agencies are hosting information sessions. Featured below are MWAs in the Southeast Michigan region including, Detroit at Work, Macomb-St. Clair Michigan Works!, Oakland County Michigan Works!, and SEMCA Michigan Works!.

Upcoming Information Sessions:

Detroit at Work (Serving the City of Detroit)

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, 2-3 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, 2-3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, 9-10 a.m.

Employers will receive Zoom credentials upon registering. To RSVP for an information session or with general questions, contact Layna Gardner-Lott, work-based learning consultant, by calling (313) 407-2199 or emailing lgardnerlott@detempsol.org.

Macomb-St. Clair Michigan Works!

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, 9-11 a.m. | Register Here

Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, 2-4 p.m. | Register Here

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, 9-11 a.m. | Register Here

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, 2-4 p.m. | Register Here

Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, noon to 2 p.m. | Register Here

Macomb-St. Clair Michigan Works! provides specialized support through business account managers. For more information or questions, contact Jennifer Taylor, who can be emailed at jrtaylor@macomb-stclairworks.org.

Oakland County Michigan Works!

Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, 9-10:30 a.m. | Register Here

Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, 9-10:30 a.m. | Register Here

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, 2-4 p.m. | Register Here

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, 2-4 p.m. | Register Here

Oakland County Michigan Works! provides specialized support through its business services team. For more information or questions, contact Denise Van Hee at dvanhee@troy.k12.mi.us

More information can be found at: https://www.oakgov.com/workforce/employers/Pages/Going-Pro-Talent-Fund.aspx.

SEMCA Michigan Works! (Serving Western Wayne and Monroe Counties)

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, 3 p.m. | Register Here

SEMCA Michigan Works! provides specialized support through business solutions staff. For more information or questions, contact Colleen Mallory at colleen.mallory@semca.org.

More information can be found at: Going Pro Talent Fund – SEMCA.

The Detroit Regional Chamber encourages businesses to take advantage of this opportunity to earn financial resources to provide credentialed training to workers. Learn more about the Going PRO Talent Fund here.