The EV Jobs Academy (EVJA) is an employer-led collaborative comprised of over 100 stakeholder partners to identify the electrified vehicle and mobility-related occupational skill needs while developing and scaling postsecondary credentialing programs utilizing a turn-key online shared learning platform for MODACs’ 32 colleges and universities statewide.
The EVJA grant was awarded by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Employment & Training to the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) in January of 2021.
Led by the Michigan Alliance for Greater Mobility Advancement (MAGMA), EVJA includes dedicated collaboratives representing the private and public sector developing data-driven talent pipeline solutions for EV and mobility on the same five-year timeline as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Developed by WIN Executive Director Michele Economou Ureste, the EVJA Strategy includes eight employer-led collaboratives working together to strengthen and upskill Michigan’s EV and Mobility workforce.
Mobility Talent, Defense and Outdoor Recreation Vehicles, Apprenticeship Expansion, and Smart Cities and Municipal Low-Emissions Fleet collaboratives are supported by Research, Recruitment, and Academy project teams developing outreach strategies and comprehensive asset maps of scalable training to build the talent pool of technicians and engineers required to develop and repair electrified vehicles.
The EV Jobs Academy collaboratives, project teams, and Academy includes:
Initially, EVJA will serve approximately 700 individuals through rapid and accelerated training and re‑training for emerging technologies in connected, autonomous, lightweight, hybrid, electric, alternative fuel, and other advanced vehicle technologies. Following the launch of EVJA’s first phase, it is anticipated the numbers of trained and retrained individuals will continue to grow significantly.
“MiREV (EVJA) is an investment in Michigan’s current and future workforce, and it supports long-term growth for our state’s employers in the automotive mobility and electrification industry,” said Stephanie Beckhorn, director of LEO’s Office of Employment and Training. “The vital contributions made by MiREV (EVJA) partners will help connect job seekers with good paying career pathway opportunities while helping employers address their critical workforce needs.”
By working together, industry leaders are paving the way for economic development by providing career pathways to expand customized talent solutions and strategies to address skill gaps, career advancement, turnover, and retention.
Industry stakeholders, employers and education partners are the driving force to building this highly-charged collaborative. To be successful, WIN is inviting all mobility sector and industry leaders to participate in the EVJA initiative by emailing email@example.com.