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The Going PRO Talent Fund 2021 (GPTF) provides competitive awards to employers to assist in training, developing, and retaining current and newly hired employees.  Training funded by the GPTF must be short-term and fill a demonstrated talent need experienced by the employer.  The deadline to submit your application is Monday, November 30, 2020 at 5:00pm.

The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity - Workforce Development awards funds to employers through Michigan's workforce system , commonly known as Michigan Works! Agencies (MWA).  MWA Business Services staff conduct fact-finding sessions with employers to assess their talent skill gap, suitable training providers, and availability of federal funding sources.  The MWA Business Services staff then determine whether Talent Fund awards are appropriate to help close the skills gap, and grant employers access to a convenient online application submission process.

Allowable training and targeted funding amounts include:

  • Customized / classroom training: up to $1,500 per individual
  • On-Site training: up to $1,500 per individual
  • U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeships: up to $3,000 per individual.
  • Incentives for Targeted Populations including Veterans, Active Military Reservists, Older Workers, Returning Citizens, and High School Diploma / Equivalency.

How to Apply: The application for Going Pro Talent Fund 2021 will be online.  Employers will need to submit an Authorization Request to begin an application:

If you have any questions on the Going Pro Talent Fund, please contact Rick Coates (231) 883-5625


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