Going PRO Talent Fund Assists Employers with Workforce Training Needs

August 5, 2019

The Michigan Chamber-supported Going PRO Talent Fund was established to ensure Michigan’s employers have the workforce they need to compete and grow. The Training Fund provides competitive, demand-driven awards to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly-hired employees. 

The Going PRO Training Fund is recognized as one of Michigan’s most effective resources to combat our state’s talent crisis. Since its initial inception in 2014, the program has issued over 3,000 awards at an average amount of $31,548. The average training cost awarded is $1,062 per person. View the full list of the Fiscal Year 2019 awardees here.  

The state appropriation for the Going PRO program has continued to grow to meet ever-increasing demand, eclipsing $30 million in funding for Fiscal Year 2019.  Governor Whitmer has recommended a $27.9 million appropriation for the program in Fiscal Year 2020, but the Chamber and others in the business community have lobbied to increase funding to better match demand (i.e., approximately $50 million).    

Employers interested in applying for a Going PRO grant must work with--and apply through--their local Michigan Works! Agency (MWA).  A list MWA contacts is available on the Talent Fund website. While the application period for Fiscal Year 2020 has not been announced yet, many Michigan Works! Agencies have announced informational sessions and are consulting and working with employers on their applications. For 2019, the application period opens September 12 and runs through October 2. Award announcements are expected in November or December. 

For a full list of informational sessions, click on your area or region: 

We will update this article as we receive further information about the informational sessions. Please contact Wendy Block with questions at wblock@michamber.com.