A New Tradition for Non-traditional Apprenticeships

14 Nov 2018
As the Michigan economy grows so too do job opportunities and, in turn, the continued need for skilled professionals. That goes for industry sectors both intuitive – advanced manufacturing, information technology – and, perhaps, more counterintuitive – insurance, medical, social...

National Apprenticeship Week Celebrates a History of “Creating Tomorrow”

12 Nov 2018
National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is a national celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education and other critical partners a chance to demonstrate their support for apprenticeship. In honor of the 1937-passed “Fitzgerald Act,” which established the U.S. Departme...

WIN staff Introduce Programs and Services during Business Services Network Meeting

29 Oct 2018
More than 60 business services and employer engagement professionals from 40 organizations came together in Southfield on October 23, for the Business Services Network (BSN) meeting on Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) programs and services. The meeting topic of “WIN Progr...

WIN, One Magnify Cultivating Talent with IT Apprentice Program: Apprenti                                                                          

17 Oct 2018
As the search for a qualified workforce continues across the region and indeed the country, virtually no industry is immune, including, perhaps most notably, the world of information technology.  This realm also continues to be challenged in the area of diversity: that is, attracting...

Skilled trades training funding earns permanent place in state law

23 Aug 2018
Under legislation that codifies the Skilled Trades Training Fund, Michigan companies will continue to receive training that enhances talent, productivity, and employment retention without the need for annually renewing the program. Since 2014, the State of Michigan has dedicated ov...

Autonomous vehicles won't only kill jobs. They will create them, too.

23 Aug 2018
When Will Mouat, 41, heard there might be a career opportunity in self-driving cars, he jumped. Even though he did not have an engineering background – a lawyer, Mouat had previously worked on the legal teams at PicsArt, a software company, and Shazam, an app that recognizes music ...

New grants support mobility startups

28 Jun 2018
Mobility startups now have access to more than $1 million in grant funding, thanks to a new statewide PlanetM program announced today. The two-part program, one of the first of its kind, includes a PlanetM Pilot Grant and a PlanetM Testing Grant, and was unveiled during the 2018 ITS ...

BorgWarner President & CEO James Verrier on reinventing the auto industry worker

25 Oct 2017
Simply put: there is a talent shortage in the auto industry, resulting in plentiful job openings but few skilled workers to work them. “The automotive industry is undergoing a time of unparalleled technical advancements,” according to BorgWarner CEO James Verrier, who tells m...

A new kind of tech job emphasizes skills, not a college degree

29 Jun 2017
A few years ago, Sean Bridges lived with his mother, Linda, in Wiley Ford, W.Va. Their only income was her monthly Social Security disability check. He applied for work at Walmart and Burger King, but they were not hiring. Yet while Mr. Bridges had no work history, he had certain ski...

Battery storage: the next disruptive technology in the power sector

26 Jun 2017
Storage prices are dropping much faster than anyone expected, due to the growing market for consumer electronics and demand for electric vehicles (EVs). Major players in Asia, Europe, and the United States are all scaling up lithium-ion manufacturing to serve EV and other power applic...

WCC President Receives Award from Michigan Works! Southeast for Outstanding Service in Workforce Development

11 Apr 2017
Washtenaw Community College President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca has been selected by Michigan Works! Southeast to receive an award for Outstanding Service in Workforce Development in Washtenaw County. Bellanca and other workforce development staff, program alumni, volunteers, and progr...

To Get Self-Driving Cars up to Speed, Engineers and IT Workers Need More Training

06 Mar 2017
This article originally appeared on Industry Week. Technology can only get from the idea stage to development—and eventually, mass production—with the workforce to design the architecture and write the code. The need for talent in the autonomous and connected vehicle sector—e...