Talent Connect Newsletter - March 03, 2017

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March 03, 2017

Have highly-skilled jobs to fill?


Michigan’s workforce system recognizes Registered Apprenticeship (RA) as a key driver of transformational workforce and economic development activity, especially for connecting employers that have jobs to fill, which require high-skill levels with qualified job seekers who have potential to obtain the required high‐skill levels.

The MI‐AIM Funding and Resources Workgroup has identified federal, state, and private program leveraging opportunities and compiled them into a guide, which is continually updated with additional sources of funding available to support RAs as the sources are identified. This Apprenticeship Funding and Resources Guide identifies and reviews thirteen major sources of funding from federal, state, and private sources that can be used to support the expansion and advancement of RAs.

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Automated equipment program to hold free demonstrations

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Oakland Community College student apprentices from a new automated equipment program will be holding demonstrations for high-tech industry representatives.

Industry professionals are invited to attend these free presentations by students in the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2).

This MAT2 program addresses two critical issues facing the manufacturing industry: a widening skills gap and an aging workforce.

Demonstrations will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Building T, Room T-1, on the Auburn Hills campus of OCC, 2900 Featherstone Road, on the following dates:

  • March 7
  • March 9
  • March 10

RSVP to: Janene Erne, jkerne@oaklandcc.edu.

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Hire the best talent at mitalent.org

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

Create an employer account.
On your Employer Dashboard, select "Post A Job."
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.

Searching for qualified candidates has never been so easy!

The candidate search feature was optimized to search job seeker resumes for keywords and phrases. Read about some of the enhanced features available.

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

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Learn how you can develop your talent through apprenticeship programs

March 15 MAT2 event

Building a World-Class Workforce with Apprenticeships. Make it happen for your business. Register today!

Your company’s future depends upon advanced manufacturing talent. Interest in the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) is soaring – more than 40 advanced manufacturers statewide have joined and student participation has quadrupled since MAT2 began. To learn more about MAT2 and other training programs, attend this upcoming employer information event featuring industry leaders, college representatives, and a tour of state-of-the-art training facilities with an opportunity to meet current students.

March 15, 2017, 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Featuring: Greg Smith, President and Founder of New Center Stamping, and Dr. Stan Jensen, President of Henry Ford College.
Henry Ford College
5101 Dearborn Road
Dearborn, MI 48128

Register to attend this event.

For more information about this event or to learn how you can sponsor MAT2 students for your company, visit MiTalent.org/MAT2 or email MAT2@Michigan.gov.

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Employer Spotlight: K+S Services - John Willis, COO

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John Willis is the Chief Operations Officer in charge of Operations management of K+S Services, an independent company specializing in the repair of manufacturing components. K+S was established in 1982 and has 15 global repair facilities located in the United States, Canada, Europe & Mexico supporting over 9,500 customers. K+S Services’ diverse customer base includes Aerospace, Agriculture, Automotive, Food & Beverage, Tire & Rubber, Manufacturing, Steel and Alternative Energy. The K+S group of companies has a full range of repair capabilities including: Electronic, Robotic, Servo Motors, Mechanical, Torque Tools, Spindles, Hydraulic, Welding, and Precision Machining.

Mr. Willis joined the K+S team two years ago, coming from the automotive industry with over 30 years of manufacturing experience. He soon realized that there was distinct need for some type of apprenticeship program for the company. John had been involved in numerous apprenticeship programs at other companies and understood the commitment and time required to successfully implement a program. The MAT2 program suited K+S Services’ needs, especially due to the size of the company and the unique requirements that it had. The MAT2 program addressed the company’s concerns related to an aging workforce, the unique field of expertise, difficulty in finding experienced candidates and the extended learning curve required.

Learn more about MAT2 and how this program can help your company.

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Free booth at the Mackinaw City Job Fair

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Is your company looking to hire seasonal, full-time or part-time help? There is still time for you to sign up for a FREE booth at the March 11 Mackinaw City Job Fair. This event runs from 10am to 2pm and is open to the public.

Call 231-627-4303 ext. 1111 to reserve your FREE spot today!

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