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Displaying items tagged: West Michigan Works!

Sunday, 15 January 2023 17:16

Survey: Low pay, child care constraints hold back West Michigan labor participation

People in West Michigan indicate that low pay and the inability to find affordable child care are two key factors keeping them out of the workforce. 

Published in Talent
Monday, 06 June 2022 12:47

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Proposed federal rule change threatens Michigan Works! funding

A new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor could jeopardize crucial funding for Michigan’s primary workforce development association, leading to the potential closure of at least 20 job training facilities and a loss of more than 200 staffers.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 05 June 2022 12:27

‘Ridiculous’ federal rule change could close 20 Michigan Works! training centers

The Michigan Works! Association, which provides a wide range of services for both job seekers and employers throughout the state, says a proposed federal rule change would strip the agency of significant resources. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:37

Two West Michigan nonprofits named ‘hubs’ for state child care pilot program

pilot child care program expansion will help West Michigan parents find affordable child care, tackling one factor that has contributed to labor shortages and employees’ difficulty returning to work.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:30

GRCC program aims to train hundreds of people for Industry 4.0

Grand Rapids Community College and workforce development organization West Michigan Works! have launched a program aiming to make big strides in preparing participants for the future of manufacturing.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:30

State programs aim to boost talent needed for Industry 4.0 adoption

Economic development organization Lakeshore Advantage Corp. launched an Industry 4.0 readiness poll last year to get an idea of how small and mid-size manufacturers viewed and used advanced technology within their operations.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 10 October 2021 17:00

Workforce training, higher education programs get boost in new state budget

Michigan’s newly signed state budget aims to maintain the momentum behind a variety of programs designed to help the manufacturing industry address workforce challenges.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 29 August 2021 17:40

State occupation outlooks highlight worker needs by sector

Jen Bradshaw had a difficult time finding software and application developers even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 28 February 2021 17:50

Whitmer budget plans seek continued investment in training, certifications

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has sent two proposed budget plans to state lawmakers this year that maintain or expand funding for skilled trades training as well as introduce new talent development programs.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 31 January 2021 19:17

Manufacturers turn to Going Pro funding to address workforce challenges

In an ongoing struggle with workforce shortages and a persistent talent gap, Michigan’s manufacturers have found a valuable asset in the Going Pro Talent Fund.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 22 November 2020 17:00

Manufacturers deploy recruiting, certification strategies to bolster workforce

Talent gaps and workforce shortages are two issues that have dogged the manufacturing industry for years, pushing Michigan companies and their supporting organizations to develop a more robust talent pipeline in Michigan.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 22 November 2020 16:00

Pandemic amplifies talent shortage, lack of diversity in construction industry

West Michigan’s construction industry has long faced a talent shortage fueled by a worker exodus during the 2008 recession, stigma around going into skilled trades, and firms failing to recruit a diverse workforce. 


Friday, 14 February 2020 10:17

Whitmer’s proposed 2021 budget restores skilled trades training funds

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal would restore funding for a training program for skilled trades that the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has championed for years.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 16 February 2020 18:30

Fixing talent constraints starts with cultural change, partnering with higher ed

The talent needs of employers are a constantly moving target that requires companies to foster and maintain close ties with educators to keep up with the demands of the 21st century economy. 

Published in Talent
Sunday, 12 January 2020 17:00

Talent, housing, infrastructure among top priorities in 2020 Grand Rapids Chamber survey

Talent, housing and infrastructure topped the 2020 priority list for members of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 06 December 2019 11:22

Michigan’s Going PRO workforce training program grapples with $37.3 million cut

Two months after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an unprecedented number of line-item vetoes to the state Legislature’s budget plan, $37.3 million for statewide workforce development programs remains unfunded. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 24 November 2019 16:33

Industry turns to higher ed to fill specific talent gaps

At a state-of-the-art machine tool laboratory in downtown Grand Rapids, a group of non-technical sales professionals learns about carbide, a compound made from carbon and metal, as well as takes in lessons about radial chip thinning, blueprinting and how tool cutting works.

Published in Talent
Saturday, 28 September 2019 11:05

Growth Report: Sept. 28,2019

Growth report for Sept. 28, 2019.

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 19 September 2019 08:35

ITB Packaging plans $3.5 million expansion

HOLLAND — ITB Packaging LLC plans to expand locally with a $3.5 million capital investment and the expected creation of at least 65 new jobs over the next five years.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 22 July 2018 16:55

MiBiz Growth Report: July 23, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 23, 2018.

Published in Breaking News
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 15:10

Amazon officially announces Gaines Township distribution facility

Amazon.com Inc. has made its first official announcement regarding the ecommerce giant’s long-planned distribution center in southeastern Kent County.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:20

To bring in talent, manufacturing ‘must sell itself’ to students

GRAND RAPIDS — Like many West Michigan-based manufacturers, Wolverine Coil Spring Co. has adopted an all-hands-on-deck approach to counter industry stereotypes and address talent-attraction challenges. 

Published in Talent
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 14:39

Dairy processor to expand Wyoming plant

A dairy processor plans to expand its existing facility in West Michigan.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:48

Manufacturers solve problems internally, bring training in-house

Over the last few years, manufacturers have developed extensive in-house training programs in a move to combat skilled worker shortages.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:07

West Michigan manufacturers depend on state grants for training dollars

GRAND RAPIDS — With Cascade Die Casting Group Inc. purchasing up to a dozen new robots every year, the company has realized its investments can’t stop with just the equipment.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:18

2018 policy outlook: Tapping into Michigan’s talent and controlling unfunded liabilities

Business and local government advocates aren’t always aligned on policy issues, but both groups say 2018 will require concerted efforts to attract and retain talent in Michigan.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 01 October 2017 17:27

Employers, educators unite to tackle persistent shortage of tech talent

GRAND RAPIDS — A coalition of West Michigan employers and educators wants to bring more people into the tech sector through an outreach initiative intended to grow the talent pool.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:47

The Source partners with Grand Circus to offer I.T. training

GRAND RAPIDS — Based on the success of prior technology workshops, a local nonprofit plans to leverage its partnership with a Detroit-based training firm to support a bootcamp specifically for women.

Published in Nonprofits
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 14:00

California closet maker to invest nearly $6 million in West Michigan manufacturing facility

California Closets plans to establish a new manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids in a bid to support customers in the country’s eastern portion.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:31

Colleges leverage apprenticeship model for medical careers

Amid growing demand for health care talent, the partners behind a medical assistant apprenticeship program now look to expand the model to other in-demand areas. 

Published in Talent

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