In 2019 the Advance Michigan Center for Apprenticeship Innovation (AMCAI) exceeded the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) multi-year $4 million grant targets and outcomes nearly one year early and achieved honorary recognition of this achievement with the Top 15 AAI grantees in the nation. The growth of the AMCAI intermediary program in 2019 has provided logistical support to approximately two dozen employers as they develop and implement apprenticeship programs. AMCAI staff serve as a liaison between employers and the US Department of Labor to ensure apprenticeship programs are properly registered and meet all federal guidelines. With Oakland Community College as the lead fiscal agent, a US DOL Apprenticeship: Closing the Skills Gap $4 million WIN regional grant application was submitted in late September 2019 and awarded, which supports four more years of apprenticeship expansion in Michigan through the existing WIN team of experts, resources and tools beginning on March 1, 2020. AMCAI has served over 2,200 participants, and the Closing the Skills Gap has a target of serving 3,200 participants.
Several new grants were obtained to expand workforce solutions and apprenticeship into traditional and non-traditional industry sectors. The transportation industry is faced with emerging technology, aging infrastructure, and aging workers. As a subrecipient and partner with the Center for Automotive Research a Michigan Department of Transportation grant was awarded for October 1, 2019 through June 15, 2021 to: 1)Conduct research on transformative technologies and associated implementation strategies; 2)Identify the skills gap within MDOT’s current construction and operation workforce; and 3)Develop training and recruitment strategies for the current and future workforce.
In the fourth quarter of 2019, the State of Michigan awarded a Michigan Industry Cluster Initiative (MICA 2.0) grant and began co-convening the Health Careers Alliance for Southeast Michigan with the State of Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. The employer-led Health Careers Alliance for Southeast Michigan is focused on Hillsdale, Livingston, Lenawee, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Jackson, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. This initiative uses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Talent Pipeline Management methodology to identify common skills needs and apply supply chain management principles to talent. The William Davidson Foundation and the State of Michigan, through a MICA 2.0 grant, supported the work of the Michigan Alliance for Greater Mobility Advancement (MAGMA) Governing Board and Advisory Council which is building momentum consistent with the mobility movement.
The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation approved a revised two-year $1.5 million budget to develop a high-tech workforce in the Southeast Michigan region using the US DOL approved Apprenti model. The revision includes support for a Business Development Manager to expand apprenticeship into the non-traditional information technology industry sector.
Advance Michigan Catalyst is a $6 million federal America’s Promise grant which aims to provide robotics training in the region from 2017 through 2020. Michigan Works! Association (MWA) partners have served over 300 participants in 2019 alone, bringing the total number of participants served to over 650. In addition to classroom training, services include individual assessments, case management, supportive services, and employment placement. Of the almost 400 individuals that have completed training, just over 300 have obtained employment.
In 2019, WIN concluded two grants from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment after completing efforts to provide immediate and sustained assistance to firms and workers in southeast Michigan affected by reduced DOD procurement, with both awards totaling nearly $9 million. From 2015-2019, WIN worked alongside Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Michigan Defense Center, Merit Network, and numerous partners and contractors to support resiliency and capacity in connected and autonomous vehicles, lightweight materials, and information technology.
The WIN data and research team released several studies designed to provide various stakeholders with local intel related to employee turnover, a network map to support job seekers with multiple barriers to work, an entrepreneurial ecosystem, in-demand career profiles, and fulfilled over 150 data requests.
The Workforce Intelligence Network appreciates the collaborative support on regional workforce initiatives from the education, Michigan Works!, foundation, non-profit and business community.
Michele Economou Ureste, M.P.A.
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