The Michigan Works! association is an excellent example of a state non-profit that generates jobs but also generates a sort of excitement about career paths. Whether you’re an employer looking for the perfect addition or a-fresh-outta-college grad fishing for work, the association is the perfect resource for finding work, securing workers and preparing the next generation for jobs and trades in the mighty Wolverine State.
Let’s say you’re interested in brewing, for instance. Michigan Works! just announced a new apprenticeship program to educate skilled workers that want to make their mark in the beer, wine, mead, cider, liquor, soda, coffee and all-that-good-stuff industries. From Traverse City’s The Ticker (props to Doug Drummond for sending this along):
The workforce development agency is tapping a $106,000 grant it got as part of $2.5 million in federal money Michigan received to cultivate new U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)-registered apprenticeship programs. Northwest Michigan Works! envisions offering employers incentives of up to $3,000 per apprentice — money that could be used to pay for classes or outside training in a variety of paid apprentice positions, whether brewers and winemakers, maintenance technicians, orchard and processing-plant workers, or other roles.
Northwest Michigan Works! plans to begin outreach to employers in its 10-county region and hold forums as well as conduct one-on-one employer meetings. Apprentice training money will be available to approved employers on a first-come, first-served basis. Apprenticeships require both on-the-job and outside training and most will probably be two to three years in duration, says Vandercook. He hopes some apprenticeships could start by April or May.
Sounds like an awesome opportunity. Feel free to check out the Michigan Works! page. The organization also offers great training opportunities, seminars, networking events and good resources for veterans.