Going PRO Program Offers Trainings, Grant Opportunities to Skilled Trades Companies

Employers got a lesson from a statewide program to encourage people to explore a career in skilled trades.

Wednesday Michigan Works! in Grayling held an information session for employers to learn about training grant money.

Going PRO is the program that aims to help skilled trade companies, improve their productivity while trying to fill the skill trade gap in the state.

The companies that take in the sessions also have a chance to share $30 million in grants.

“It’s important for employers to start looking at training because of succession planning on some companies are looking at skills upgrade. What new jobs are roles that a company employee can move into, without this training they wouldn’t be able to so it’s really taking a look at what the needs are right now and also long-term,” says Alayne Hansen, business solutions professional.

The state says it needs to fill 545,000 jobs by 2026.

Thursday Going PRO will hold a session in Mio, along with several others throughout Northern Michigan next week.

Upcoming Going PRO sessions are listed below.

August 15, 11am-1pm – Mio Michigan Works!, 1329 S Mount Tom Road, Mio, MI 48647
August 20, 1pm-3pm – Gaylord Michigan Works!, 2927 D&M Drive, Gaylord, MI 49735
August 21, 11am-1pm – Cheboygan Michigan Works!, 11153 N Straits Hwy, Cheboygan, MI 49721
August 22, 11am-1pm – Onaway Michigan Works!, 20709 State St, Onaway, MI 49765
August 22, 1pm-3pm – Atlanta Michigan Work!, Elkland Center, 12519 State St, Atlanta, MI 49709
August 23, 9am-11am – Gaylord Michigan Works!, 2927 D&M Drive, Gaylord, MI 49735