Compete to Succeed Manufacturing Vision for Michigan 2023-2024 | Page 6

Manufacturing Vision for Michigan 2023-2024


It is time to focus on energizing and revolutionizing Michigan ’ s talent base and development
For several years , the need for talented employees in manufacturing has been among the highest priorities of our industry . It is a clear fact that the state that wins the talent development battle is going to win the economic war .
Manufacturers need people with the right skills and the state must work in partnership to help provide training as our industry competes in the global economy . More skilled workers are needed as manufacturing discovers , develops and implements new advanced technologies . The talent gap is a primary barrier to our competitiveness .
We support ongoing efforts to improve Michigan ’ s entire education system to deliver the essential talent skills the industry needs . Programs such as the Going PRO Talent Fund , Michigan Reconnect and others provide the foundation to build a revolutionary education effort upon . Providing on-the-job training programs and apprenticeships develops workers ’ skills and enhances company growth strategies . With an improved K-12 education system that allows students to explore careers during the time in school , high school graduates will be ready to step into jobs and training that match manufacturers ’ needs .
$ 60
Going PRO Talent Fund Awards
Fiscal Years 2014-2023 , in Millions of Dollars and Number of Projects
Michigan Manufacturers Say

One of the most significant opportunities for Michigan ’ s economic prosperity is to build a more robust talent development system . It is a critical part of addressing the manufacturing talent shortage and ensuring Michigan is a competitive place for manufacturers to innovate and produce advanced technologies .

— Michelle Elder , Head of North American Government Affairs , BorgWarner , Auburn Hills
$ 50
Funds Awarded
$ 40
$ 30
Number of Projects
$ 20
$ 10
FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018 FY 2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
Source : Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
For more information , contact :
David Q . Worthams
MMA Director of Employment Policy worthams @ mimfg . org 517-487-8511 mimfg . org