WATCH: Whitmer announces labor grant program to increase employment opportunities

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Posted at 9:34 AM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 12:00:05-04

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Thursday that the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has been awarded a $10 million federal grant to support the state’s registered apprenticeship expansion efforts.

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State officials say it’ll increase employment opportunities for Michiganders.

“As we put Michigan back to work, Registered Apprenticeship programs offer on-ramps to high-demand, high-skill careers, and in Michigan we have committed to expanding these educational opportunities to ensure more Michiganders can get good-paying jobs,” Whitmer said. “Increasing access to education and training opportunities will help us achieve our 60 by 30 goal to have 60% of Michigan’s adults with postsecondary education or skills training by 2030, improve the quality of life and help Michiganders secure good-paying jobs, and ensure businesses have the workforce they need to succeed and grow our economy.”

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Grant funds will be used to establish the Michigan Statewide Targeted Apprenticeship Inclusion & Readiness System (MiSTAIRS) - a partnership between LEO, the Michigan Works! network, Michigan Career & Technical Institute, Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education and the Access to Apprenticeship Consortium including labor and associated contractors.

The program will focus on those “most severely” impacted by COVID-19 and expand registered apprenticeship opportunities for women, people of color, individuals with disabilities and those without a high school diploma or equivalent.

MiSTAIRS will enable more than 1,640 workers to enroll in Registered Apprenticeship programs over a four-year period in sectors that include advanced manufacturing, construction, energy, health care, information technology and mobility.

Michigan was one of just 15 states to receive a State Apprenticeship Equity, Expansion and Innovation grant award and one of five states to receive a maximum $10 million award from the U.S. Department of Labor.