Hiring, training and employment successes celebrated at annual Impact Awards

State leadership and lawmakers came together this week to honor southeast Michigan leaders for their efforts to create jobs and develop talent in their communities.

Legislators and talent development officials recognized Consumers Energy and Michigan Works! Southeast with 2018 Impact Awards.

The partnership between Michigan Works! Southeast and Consumers Energy began in 2014 in an effort to provide the energy leader with workforce solutions.

Michigan Works! Southeast shared information on the increased focus on apprenticeships in the U.S. and how they could put that trend to work for their business.

To support Consumer Energy’s success, Michigan Works! worked through the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) application and training plan. They also facilitated outreach to candidates and referred them to Consumers Energy, helping with resumes and identifying special considerations.

With support from Michigan Works!, Consumers Energy worked for nearly three years to convert their internal apprenticeships into USDOL Registered Apprentices.

“It is truly impressive to witness the work of the Michigan Works! Southeast team and their partnership with our local employers,” said state Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “Their resources are key to our local economic growth and I offer my congratulations to both Consumers and Michigan Works! on a rewarding partnership.”

The Impact Awards, hosted by Michigan Works! Association, honor the finest achievements in workforce development statewide, from the creation of new jobs to the accomplishments of hardworking citizens.

During the annual event, lawmakers present tributes to award winners, employers, workers, Michigan Works! Agencies, and partners, who share their stories and the role Michigan Works! played in their success.

“Michigan Works! Serves as an asset to both business and employees in our Jackson community,” said State Representative Julie Alexander (R-Hanover). “The collaboration between Consumers and Michigan Works! helps to produce strong economic results that positively impact not only businesses but families.”

Find the nearest Michigan Works! American Job Center by visiting michiganworks.org/agencies/map or by calling (800) 285-WORKS (9675).

Michigan Works! Association is a non-profit membership organization that provides services and support to Michigan’s talent eco-system. For over 30 years, the Association has been a go-to resource in federal, state and local workforce initiatives. The Association’s work ensures top-quality services and support for Michigan’s talent pipeline. For more information, please visit michiganworks.org.

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