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Develop Current & New IT Talent

Do you want to upskill your current workforce to meet your talent needs for today and tomorrow? 

Members of the develop committee will work together to create projects that strengthen West Michigan's IT workforce. Be part of the conversation to identify skills gaps, engage local training services and find creative solutions for developing the talent you need. Take advantage of workforce development services to re-integrate IT professionals displaced by local economic changes.


Current Opportunities

Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) Grant

Since 2014, Michigan's Talent Investment Agency (TIA) has awarded companies statewide grant monies to help assist in training, developing and retaining current employees and individuals to be hired. This includes reimbursement toward classroom training your organization is utilizing. West Michigan Tech Talent Member organizations have identified common training topics to develop a "consortium" training approach. The consortium training will allow employers lower training costs by limiting travel costs, ensuring full classes and utilizing grant funding. Grant submissions are due by October and training would be anticipated to start early 2018.

Employer Seminar Series

West Michigan Tech Talent can support local employers by offering seminars on the topics most relevant to them. Seminars will share information and inform local employers on resources available to them to develop their workforce. Topics include training funds and how to access them, local training provider options and best practices for creating development programs. If you are interested in participating as a presenter or would like to help shape the content of seminars, contact Joe Thiry at jthiry@westmiworks.org.

USDOL Registered Apprenticeship (Help Desk/Computer Support)

Have you ever considered utilizing a USDOL registered apprenticeship to develop your own talent? West Michigan Tech Talent looks to partner with West Michigan Works! who will develop and hold the standards for a help desk apprenticeship. Join other WMTT members in developing your own talent by utilizing an apprenticeship program.