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Workforce development leaders seek state funding for community, short-term training
GRAND RAPIDS — West Michigan workforce development leaders say Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest budget proposal should include a greater focus on short-term training programs and community organizations currently excluded from state-funded talent initiatives.
Survey: Low pay, child care constraints hold back West Michigan labor participation
People in West Michigan indicate that low pay and the inability to find affordable child care are two key factors keeping them out of the workforce.
MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Proposed federal rule change threatens Michigan Works! funding
A new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor could jeopardize crucial funding for Michigan’s primary workforce development association, leading to the potential closure of at least 20 job training facilities and a loss of more than 200 staffers.
‘Ridiculous’ federal rule change could close 20 Michigan Works! training centers
The Michigan Works! Association, which provides a wide range of services for both job seekers and employers throughout the state, says a proposed federal rule change would strip the agency of significant resources.
Two West Michigan nonprofits named ‘hubs’ for state child care pilot program
A pilot child care program expansion will help West Michigan parents find affordable child care, tackling one factor that has contributed to labor shortages and employees’ difficulty returning to work.
GRCC program aims to train hundreds of people for Industry 4.0
Grand Rapids Community College and workforce development organization West Michigan Works! have launched a program aiming to make big strides in preparing participants for the future of manufacturing.
State programs aim to boost talent needed for Industry 4.0 adoption
Economic development organization Lakeshore Advantage Corp. launched an Industry 4.0 readiness poll last year to get an idea of how small and mid-size manufacturers viewed and used advanced technology within their operations.
Workforce training, higher education programs get boost in new state budget
Michigan’s newly signed state budget aims to maintain the momentum behind a variety of programs designed to help the manufacturing industry address workforce challenges.
State occupation outlooks highlight worker needs by sector
Jen Bradshaw had a difficult time finding software and application developers even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020.
Whitmer budget plans seek continued investment in training, certifications
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has sent two proposed budget plans to state lawmakers this year that maintain or expand funding for skilled trades training as well as introduce new talent development programs.
Manufacturers turn to Going Pro funding to address workforce challenges
In an ongoing struggle with workforce shortages and a persistent talent gap, Michigan’s manufacturers have found a valuable asset in the Going Pro Talent Fund.
Manufacturers deploy recruiting, certification strategies to bolster workforce
Talent gaps and workforce shortages are two issues that have dogged the manufacturing industry for years, pushing Michigan companies and their supporting organizations to develop a more robust talent pipeline in Michigan.
Pandemic amplifies talent shortage, lack of diversity in construction industry
West Michigan’s construction industry has long faced a talent shortage fueled by a worker exodus during the 2008 recession, stigma around going into skilled trades, and firms failing to recruit a diverse workforce.
Whitmer’s proposed 2021 budget restores skilled trades training funds
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal would restore funding for a training program for skilled trades that the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has championed for years.
Fixing talent constraints starts with cultural change, partnering with higher ed
The talent needs of employers are a constantly moving target that requires companies to foster and maintain close ties with educators to keep up with the demands of the 21st century economy.
Talent, housing, infrastructure among top priorities in 2020 Grand Rapids Chamber survey
Talent, housing and infrastructure topped the 2020 priority list for members of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.
Michigan’s Going PRO workforce training program grapples with $37.3 million cut
Two months after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an unprecedented number of line-item vetoes to the state Legislature’s budget plan, $37.3 million for statewide workforce development programs remains unfunded.
Industry turns to higher ed to fill specific talent gaps
At a state-of-the-art machine tool laboratory in downtown Grand Rapids, a group of non-technical sales professionals learns about carbide, a compound made from carbon and metal, as well as takes in lessons about radial chip thinning, blueprinting and how tool cutting works.
Growth Report: Sept. 28,2019
Growth report for Sept. 28, 2019.
ITB Packaging plans $3.5 million expansion
HOLLAND — ITB Packaging LLC plans to expand locally with a $3.5 million capital investment and the expected creation of at least 65 new jobs over the next five years.
MiBiz Growth Report: July 23, 2018
Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 23, 2018.
Amazon officially announces Gaines Township distribution facility
Amazon.com Inc. has made its first official announcement regarding the ecommerce giant’s long-planned distribution center in southeastern Kent County.
To bring in talent, manufacturing ‘must sell itself’ to students
GRAND RAPIDS — Like many West Michigan-based manufacturers, Wolverine Coil Spring Co. has adopted an all-hands-on-deck approach to counter industry stereotypes and address talent-attraction challenges.
Dairy processor to expand Wyoming plant
A dairy processor plans to expand its existing facility in West Michigan.
Manufacturers solve problems internally, bring training in-house
Over the last few years, manufacturers have developed extensive in-house training programs in a move to combat skilled worker shortages.
West Michigan manufacturers depend on state grants for training dollars
GRAND RAPIDS — With Cascade Die Casting Group Inc. purchasing up to a dozen new robots every year, the company has realized its investments can’t stop with just the equipment.
2018 policy outlook: Tapping into Michigan’s talent and controlling unfunded liabilities
Business and local government advocates aren’t always aligned on policy issues, but both groups say 2018 will require concerted efforts to attract and retain talent in Michigan.
Employers, educators unite to tackle persistent shortage of tech talent
GRAND RAPIDS — A coalition of West Michigan employers and educators wants to bring more people into the tech sector through an outreach initiative intended to grow the talent pool.
The Source partners with Grand Circus to offer I.T. training
GRAND RAPIDS — Based on the success of prior technology workshops, a local nonprofit plans to leverage its partnership with a Detroit-based training firm to support a bootcamp specifically for women.
California closet maker to invest nearly $6 million in West Michigan manufacturing facility
California Closets plans to establish a new manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids in a bid to support customers in the country’s eastern portion.