A New Year for Hiring and Training Michigan's Talent - Talent Connect Newsletter - January 6, 2017

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January 6, 2017

A New Year for Hiring and Training Michigan's Talent!

Post Your Jobs on Pure Michigan Talent Connect

Posting your open positions on MiTalent.org is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Create an employer account.
  2. On your Employer Dashboard, select "Post A Job."
  3. Fill out the required information and submit.

Helpful tutorials are available to assist you with creating an account, navigating the dashboard, creating an effective job posting, and more! Check them out at MiTalent.org. 

Search For Qualified Candidates

Did you know that the candidate search feature was optimized to search job seeker resumes for keywords and phrases? Read more about some of the enhanced features available at MiTalent.org. 

Like to hire veterans? MiTalent.org has information on how your organization can become certified as a Michigan veteran-friendly employer, find out more.

Build or Improve your Internship Programs

Internships are an opportunity for students to gain practical, real world experience in a professional setting while helping you meet your organizational goals. Whether you’re just starting to think about having an intern or want to take your current program to the next level, there’s a FREE session for you.

Group of Interns

INTERNSHIPS 101: Designed for those thinking about starting a program.

  • January 11, 2017
  • February 13, 2017
  • March 9, 2017
  • April 20, 2017

INTERNSHIPS 201: Designed for those with an established program looking for new ideas, ways to improve or enhance the current offering.

  • March 21, 2017
  • May 2, 2017

Check out the full list of details from Hello West Michigan.
Register today at  www.gvsu.edu/careers/eit.

Free Training Incentives are Available for Employers 

Live Webinar with Talent and Industry Experts on January 26

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The Michigan Talent Investment Agency is hosting a webinar at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, to explain the benefits that Michigan employers can earn by taking advantage of a new grant program designed to reduce training costs and become part of the successful Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program.

What is MAT2 and how will my company benefit?

MAT2 is an industry-driven initiative to address Michigan’s skills gaps in manufacturing by partnering with colleges and local employers to offer free student apprenticeships. Employers say recruiting young people into the trades and investing in their training is a key value of the MAT2 program. MAT2 helps companies by providing them with skilled technicians who earn their associate degrees while gaining on-the-job experience in high-paying, high-demand, advanced manufacturing careers.

Where is MAT2 training available?

MAT2 mechatronics training is offered at Baker College of Cadillac, Henry Ford College, and Oakland Community College; and MAT2 CNC is offered at Delta College, Henry Ford College, and Kalamazoo Valley College. All programs are contingent upon industry demand for trainees.

How much is the employer training grant?

Eligible companies who register their new MAT2 apprentices this coming school year are eligible for a one-time award of $5,000 per student.  The January 26, 2017 webinar will focus on the excellent return on investment that MAT2 delivers as an industry-developed, dual-education training program.

Keynote speakers in the Jan. 26 webinar include:

  • Harold Snyder, test lab supervisor at FTE Automotive USA Inc., who will explain how FTE has successfully applied for MAT2 Employer Training Grants and how FTE is closing the skills gap with MAT2 apprentices.
  • Jennifer Llewellyn, Oakland County Michigan Works! director, who will discuss the importance of workforce development and apprenticeships in the metro Detroit region.
  • Denise Van Hee, Oakland County Michigan Works! business services manager, who will guide prospective employers on how best to utilize the MAT2 Employer Training Grants.

We look forward to your participation! It’s time to train your next generation of skilled technicians!

To join the Talent Investment Agency webinar on January 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm:

  1. Click this link -  Live Webinar MAT2 Employer Training Grants
  2. Dial-In at 888-273-3658; Access Code 3295880#

Governor's Education & Talent Summit - Register by January 31st 

The talent gap is the biggest threat to sustaining the economic progress Michigan has made during the last six years. Join us to discover new ways for the business community to connect with educators and community leaders so we all can work together to ensure our state’s bright future continues to shine.

Governor's Education and Talent Summit Logo

The Governor's Education & Talent Summit is taking place at the Lansing Center on April 25 & 26, 2017.

Register by January 31st to received the discounted price of $150.00.

Registration Open in January for Equal Opportunity Summit - April 10-12, 2017

Don't miss this opportunity to expand your network of EO officers, HR professionals and workforce staff and share best practices for attracting and maintaining a diverse workforce through inclusionary practices.

    Equal Opportunity Summit


    • EO Law 101
    • Roles and responsibilities of EO officers
    • Hiring practices - dos and don'ts
    • Nondiscrimination Plan best practices
    • Complaint processing and procedures
    • Recognizing, addressing and reporting harassment and discrimination
    • National Origin discrimination affecting LEP individuals
    • ADA compliance and reasonable accommodations
    • Why re-entry efforts are important in today's economy


    • Workforce EO Officers
    • Frontline Staff
    • Workforce Management Staff / Leaders
    • State EO Officers and Staff
    • Workforce Development Professionals
    • Private Sector EO Officers
    • HR Professionals

    To learn more and register visit: http://www.michiganworks.org/events/equal-opportunity-summit/

    Sign Up to Be a Judge for the SkillsUSA Statewide Competition in April 2017

    SkillsUSA Michigan Logo

    SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to excel. 

    SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

    SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a “successful model of employer-driven youth development training program” by the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Sign Up to Be a Judge by February 1, 2017 -- Judging the SkillsUSA statewide competition gives you the opportunity to meet CTE students for potential opportunities at your companies.

    The statewide competition takes place on Sunday, April 8, 2017 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. 

    If you are interested in being a judge or want more information, please contact Tammy Brown, Skills USA Director, email:  tbrown51@emich.edu.

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