GLADWIN COUNTY – Businesses in Gladwin County will soon have the chance to apply for Going PRO Talent Fund grants designed to help them invest in their workforce through meaningful training opportunities for a variety of employees.

The Going PRO Talent Fund application period for Fiscal Year 2021 opens Monday, Nov. 2 and must be received by your local Michigan Works! Agency by 5 p.m. on Nov. 25. Awards are subject to available funding. Interested employers should engage their local Michigan Works! Agency representative early to allow ample time for the fact finding process to ensure applications are completed in time for review.

The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity Workforce Development awards funds to employers through their local Michigan Works! Agencies. Michigan Works! Business Services staff help employers assess their talent skill gaps, suitable training providers, and availability of federal funding sources. The Michigan Works! Business Services staff then determines whether Talent Fund awards are appropriate to help close the skills gap, and grant employers access to a convenient online application submission process. 

All training must fill a demonstrated talent need experienced by the employer, be short term, and lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by industry. The amount requested cannot exceed $1,500 per person or $3,000 per first-year U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Registered Apprentice. 

It must also meet at least one of the following criteria: classroom or customized training; new employee on-the-job training; or training for first-year USDOL Registered Apprentices.

Interested local employers should reach out to Bob Balzer, Director of Business and Economic Development for Michigan Works! Region 7B in Gladwin County at 989-426-8571; or by email at rbalzer@michworks4u.org.

To learn more about the Going PRO Talent Fund, please visit Michigan.gov/TalentFund; or contact your local Michigan Works! Agency.

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