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Governor’s Talent Investment Board
Wanda M. Stokes, Director
201 North Washington Square, 4th Floor
Lansing, MI 48913
Phone: 517-335-5858
Fax: 517-241-8217

Key Workforce Priorities

  1. Demand-Driven Training: Skilled Trades Training Fund- Michigan’s business climate and economy continues to recover from the devastating job losses of the past five years. However, the state’s labor exchange system is being challenged to find talent for businesses who are seeking individuals with new and emerging skill sets. The growing shortage of skilled workers threatens our economic competitiveness. To address this need, the Governor recommended and the Legislature supported the creation of the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) program. The STTF provides competitive awards for the development and implementation of employer responsive training that will enhance talent incomes, productivity, and employment retention, while increasing the quality and competitiveness of Michigan’s businesses. The STTF program ensures Michigan’s employers have access to the talent pipeline they need to compete and grow, and participants have the skills they need for in-demand jobs. The program creates and expands collaboration between the Michigan Works! Agencies (MWAs), economic development, and educational agencies by funding demand-driven training that addresses talent shortages hampering the growth of Michigan’s priority industries. The STTF program leverages public-private partnerships with businesses to design training models that adapt in real time with changing employer demand. Businesses who request funding must actively participate in the development of the training, and must commit to hiring and/or retaining participants at the completion of training.
  2. Regionalism - A comprehensive economic development strategy can only be realized when leaders in workforce development, economic development and infrastructure development communities unite in a common vision and strategy. Currently, each of these systems is struggling with a decrease in federal funding. This demands that the state and our regional providers break from the business-as-usual approach to ensure that the available resources have the greatest impact possible for job creators and residents. As such, the State of Michigan in working towards regionalism in regards to local service delivery areas.
  3. Adult Education Transformation – Michigan’s Adult Learning infrastructure has been transitioned to create a unified strategic approach to increase basic skills and postsecondary credential attainment. The new transformation will engage a series of providers in the 10 Regions to meet the diverse needs of adult learners. The new system will build clear connections between learning and the promise and reality of good jobs, with the use of accelerated and connected pathways to help adult learners reach this goal. The system will increase access to quality adult programs, will hold the regional partnerships accountable for success and measure outcomes at the partnership level.

Fast Facts

  • The State’s Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives produces long-term industry forecasts and occupational outlook for Michigan regions every two years. These projections serve as important tools in the decision-making process for educators, workforce and economic developers, jobseekers and policy makers and are one of LMISI’s most popular types of information. Such organizations use these data to help effectively plan curriculum for education and training programs, educate students and jobseekers on potential career paths, help ensure that taxpayer dollars are used efficiently in government-funded training programs, and as supporting documentation to apply for Federal grants, among numerous other purposes. These and more resources can be found on our state’s labor market information website at:
  • Michigan’s Manufacturing sector has been the leading source of jobs since the end of the last recession, accounting for 41.9 percent of the growth in payroll jobs between June 2009 and May 2014. This expansion has significantly outpaced the increase nationally during this period, and has been primarily concentrated in the state’s key Transportation equipment manufacturing industry. Job levels in the Michigan auto sector have grown by 47 percent since June 2009. During the 1st quarter of 2014, however, Manufacturing employment levels remained unchanged.
  • The industry sectors in Michigan where job creation has been above the national average since June 2009 include the aforementioned Manufacturing, Professional and business services, Construction, and Financial activities.
  • The Conference Board’s Help Wanted Online (HWOL) data series provides a key measure of real-time labor demand in the state’s job market. The Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, through a partnership with The Conference Board, uses the HWOL data series to supplement traditional labor market information, providing insights into the characteristics of real-time labor demand. This indicator highlights the nature of online job demand today, as well as the change in occupational makeup of Michigan job ads since the start of the HWOL data series.alternative fuel, hybrid, and electric vehicles to meet renewable energy and energy efficiency demands.

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