MMA ’ s Manufacturing Agenda 9
Policy principles to support a competitive manufacturing sector . Michigan must :
■ Invest in demand-driven manufacturing training .
■ Ensure that job training programs effectively deliver the skills needed in the 21st century economy .
■ Provide comprehensive education reforms which build the foundation of manufacturing skills that empower people to achieve a strong economic future .
■ Craft the Michigan Merit Curriculum in a way that provides flexibility to create career pathways through providing skills needed for manufacturing .
■ Help to improve the image of manufacturing careers .
■ Coordinate with partners to seek solutions to the availability of day care as it remains a challenge for workers and , therefore , a potential talent barrier for employers .
Specific Actions for Leaders :
■ Increase state appropriations , secure dedicated funding and continuously improve processes for award applications for the Going PRO Talent Fund and other programs that support manufacturing training .
■ Eliminate administrative and regulatory barriers incorporated into existing job training programs .
■ Dramatically transform Michigan ’ s education system to match the speed of the global economy , with a priority on multiple pathways to learning , Career and Technical Education ( CTE ), career exploration and work-based learning in K-12 and post-secondary education .
■ Support programs to help change the public perception of manufacturing careers .
Going PRO Talent Fund Awards
Number of Projects Funds Awarded
Number of Projects
0 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018 FY 2019
Source : Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity mimfg . org
David Q . Worthams MMA Director of Human Resource Policy worthams @ mimfg . org 517-487-8511