Over $27M in Training Funds Available to Michigan Employers; Application Deadline Approaches

The popular Michigan employee training fund, previously known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund, has gotten a new name this year but will still be offering over $27 million in training funds that employers can use to train their workforce. The newly named “Going PRO Talent Fund” makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employees. Training funded by the Talent Fund must be short-term and fill a demonstrated talent need experienced by the employer. Training must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by industry.

Since the program’s inception, Michigan Works! has helped secure over $1.1 million in funding for 40 different employers in its 8-county region, which allowed for over 1,000 workers to receive training.

This year’s application period for Talent Fund grants is expected to begin in mid-September. Prior to the start of the application period, Michigan Works! will be holding Employer Information Sessions to help businesses learn more about the Going PRO Talent Fund. Companies will also learn how to create a solid, competitive Going PRO application proposal, as well as learn more about the services and assistance available through Michigan Works!

The dates and locations for the Upper Peninsula Michigan Employer Information Sessions are:



ESCANABA 2950 College Ave | Sept 4, 10-12am

MENOMINEE 1605 University Dr, Marinette, WI | Sept 6, 10-12am CST

IRON MOUNTAIN 127 South Stephenson Ave | Aug 30, 10-12pm CST

MARQUETTE 1498 O’Dovero Dr | Aug 27, 1-3pm | Aug 30, 1-3pm

MUNISING 413 Maple St | Sept 5, 1-3p

MANISTIQUE 300 Walnut St | Aug 27, 10-12pm

NEWBERRY 302 East McMillan Ave | Aug 29, 10-12pm

SAULT STE MARIE 2345 Meridian St | Aug 30, 10-12pm

ONTONAGON 429 East River St | Aug 29, 10-12pm | Sept 6, 10-12pm

IRONWOOD 222 East Ayer St | Aug 30, 10-12pm CST | Sept 7, 10-12pm CST

HANCOCK 435 Quincy St | Sept 5, 9-11am, 2-4pm, 6-8pm


Businesses planning to attend one of the information sessions should RSVP to trainingfund@isupward.org