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Northeast Michigan Consortium Michigan Works!

Meet Carmeuse

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Workforce Challenge

Like many other employers, Carmeuse has an increased demand for employees who have not only a certain level of skillset, but also relevant work experience, a good work ethic, and motivation. With the shortages in the local labor market, recruiting skilled workers has become increasingly difficult, and in northeast Michigan there is a lot of competition for the same employees.

Workforce Solution

Programs and funding such as the Skilled Trades Training Fund can help to train people who have everything except a specific skillset. Carmeuse has been able to broaden their recruitment scope and draw from a larger pool of people with the help of this program. This approach has helped Carmeuse to be more successful in their recruiting, as it allows them to take the focus off of specific skillsets and to focus more on other important factors (like work experience, work ethic, team fit, aptitude, motivation, etc). Working with Michigan Works!, Carmeuse was able to secure over $23,000 in Skilled Trade Training Funds in 2017, which enabled them to train 14 current employees, enroll 2 employees into an apprenticeship program, and assist in the on-boarding of two new employees.

Outcomes & Benefits

Carmeuse has been able to broaden their recruitment scope and draw from a larger pool of people to fill postions.

With the STTF grant, Carmeuse worked with the Industrial Arts Institute to provide welding training, and with Square D to provide electrical training. They also enrolled two of their mill techs into the millwright apprenticeship program at Alpena Community College.

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