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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

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.

Industry Led Collaborative Training Opportunity

Industry Led Collaborative (ILCs) training initiatives engage multiple employers within a specific industry to up skill their workforce through collaborative training experiences. This year the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) program is offering grants specifically for ILC initiatives. Employers participating in an ILC have the potential to receive reimbursements up to $1,500 per trainee through these grants. Some of the benefits include access to out of state training providers locally by sharing travel costs, lower training costs, and access to reimbursment funding. West Michigan Tech Talent is hosting a planning session for an ILC on Monday November 13th from 2:30 pm-4:00 pm at West Michigan Works! Please register HERE

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. 


Highlights

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. The grant application period ended in early October and 13 IT companies and IT departments submitted for training reimbursement, a 100 percent increase over last year.