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Michigan Skilled Trades Training Fund
About the Michigan Skilled Trades Training Fund
The Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) awards grants to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current employees and individuals to be hired. Training is customized to meet employee skill requirements and is short-term in duration, preferably less than three months, with no training extending more than six months.
The Talent Investment Agency (TIA) grants the funds to employers through Michigan’s workforce system, commonly known as Michigan Works! Michigan Works! Agencies (MWA) Business Services staff conduct fact-finding sessions with employers to assess their talent skill gaps, suitable training providers and availability of federal funding sources. The MWA Business Services staff can then determine whether STTF grants would be appropriate to help close the skills gap.
How to Apply
|Northwest Michigan Works Business Liaisons (l. to r.): Jessie Mitchell, George Peet, Ron Heffelfinger. Michelle Socha, Rob Best.|
The fifth year of the STTF will begin with an Open Application Period. The dates for this year's Application Period have not yet been set but it is expected to begin in early or mid-September of 2017. Applications will be available through your Business Liaison when the application period opens. To start the Application process, please review the resources at the link below to the WDA website and contact your Northwest Michigan Works Business Liaison. STTF Information Sessions will be held in late August of 2017 at several locations in northwest Michigan. Click on the link below for dates and locations.
Skilled Trades Training Fund (Michigan WDA website)
What Employers Are Saying About STTF
“Petoskey Plastics received $27,000 from the Skilled Trades Training Fund. We utilized it to train 41 of our technicians in two classes; blueprint reading and blown film process. Several of our associates were part time employees and were moved to full time as a result of this training. A larger group received pay increases after completing the training, and a few received promotions. North Central Michigan College served as our trainer for both classes. Working with the college made the process seamless from the first step of completing the paperwork to handing out the certificates. Michigan Works was equally as helpful. The Petoskey office was exceptional in every aspect from providing information and help with the application process to follow up during the training and closing the loop at the end of training. This grant not only helped us stay competitive in a global market but gave the Petoskey area a much needed boost in the economy. Thank you to everyone for making this a successful collaboration.”
--Allan Hopkins, Petoskey Plant Manager, Petoskey Plastics
"The STTF grant was extremely helpful to the Boyne City Honeywell site. As you may recall we received funding for CNC training in the Mobile lab, and also to conduct some much needed lean mfg training. The CNC training has given us the flexibility to use recent CNC capital more effectively which over time may help us make a case for bringing back work we have outsourced over the past few years. It's not a panacea, but it’s a start. As for the lean training, the instructor was very good and really helped some of our employees think about it differently, which led to more participation and acceptance than previously experienced. We are hoping to see the grant funded for this year too."
--Jason Scott, Honeywell, Site HR Leader
"We wanted to express our sincere gratitude for the training funds you provided to Strata Design. We were able to train nine employees and make them more proficient on CNC machining centers and our cabinet design software systems. Because of the training we received, these are a portion of the benefits we are now able to do: order material further in advance than before, which allows us to negotiate better pricing with our suppliers and reduce expediting fees; produce our products with a shorter lead time; and to design complete assemblies engineering and have the code go directly out to the floor for cutting and machining. With these improvements and training, we are growing the company and continuing to add employees."
--Tyler Cerny, President, Strata Design, Inc.
What Participants Are Saying About STTF
"Being included in the education grant has provided me an opportunity to further my career path into Information Systems. I appreciate the opportunity to gain this knowledge and to do so at a reduced rate is just icing on the cake. Thank you very much!"
--Kasey Sadler, Munson Healthcare Employee
--Jeff Stewart, Munson Healthcare Employee
--Martha Duby, Munson Healthcare Employee
--Shari Conkle, Munson Healthcare Employee
Northwest Michigan Works! is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network.