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WE CAN HELP YOU RECRUIT, TRAIN & RETAIN A QUALIFIED WORKFORCE

West Michigan Works! can connect you to services and solutions for your growing or changing business, including general recruitment functions, access to funding opportunities, apprenticeship development and regional industry initiatives.

Talent Recruitment

We can help you find new talent. Contact the Business Solutions Team to access a variety of services, including:

General Recruitment Services: Application collection and screening, assessments, Pure Michigan Talent Connect account assistance and more.
JOB BLAST: This weekly email reaches more than 15,000 job seekers. Submit a posting >
Hiring Events: Let us promote and host a job fair, Employer of the Day or Meet the Employer event. Schedule or register for an event >
Position/wage research: Detailed analysis to help you attract and retain the best talent. Request a report >

Workforce Training

We can help you train new hires or upskill your current workforce. Contact the Business Solutions Team to learn about current funding opportunities, including:

Customized Training: funding to upskill your existing workforce
On-the-Job Training: reimburses employers for costs associated with training a prospective or new employee.
 Skilled Trades Training Funds: competitive awards for development and implementation of training for high-demand jobs

Talent Initiatives

We work with employers and industry councils across the region to identify common workforce challenges and trends. This demand-driven system allows for innovative solutions to creating a skilled labor pool.  Contact the Business Solutions Team to learn more about the following initiatives:

Career pathway development: Industry specific initiatives to outline pathways for workers to attain the skills and credentials needed for in-demand jobs
Career portfolios: Profiles that describe the interests, skills, competencies and credentials of job seekers, providing a pre-screened, diverse pool of talent.
MiCareerQuestTM: Employer-driven career exploration event for middle and high school students. Learn more at micareerquest.org.

Apprenticeship Development

Apprenticeship programs can reduce turnover, increase productivity and improve the bottom line. West Michigan Works! can make it easy for you to provide a registered apprenticeship program at your company! We do all the background work to get the occupation approved, collaborate with local community colleges and training providers for the classroom curriculum and register your apprentices with the Department of Labor. As the employer, you still have full control over your company’s program and the on-the-job supervision and mentoring of your apprentices.

The West Michigan Works! Apprenticeship program offers:

  • Direct assistance from US Department of Labor
  • Simplified startup of your apprenticeship program
  • Flexible programs; choose from a broad menu of training options to fit your company needs
  • Assistance with recruitment
  • Funding may be available

Apprenticeships aren’t just for manufacturing or construction!  We also offer assistance with apprenticeships in non-traditional industries such as health care, IT and retail.

Currently, the West Michigan Works! Registered Apprenticeship Program includes the following US Department of Labor approved occupations:

Healthcare

  • Medical Assistant
  • Sterile Processing Technician

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Industrial Manufacturing Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Machine Operator
  • CNC Machine Specialist
  • CNC Machinist Operator
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Welder Combination

Information Technology

  • Computer Support Specialist

Construction

  • Construction Apprentice
  • Mechatronics Technician Electrical
  • HVAC- Installer/Servicer

For more information, contact Jayne Lindblom, Apprenticeship Success Coordinator at jlindblom@westmiworks.org or 616-350-7162.

Other Business Solutions

Contact the Business Solutions Team to learn more about the following solutions:

Office Space: Employer offices, equipped with a desktop computer, phone, fax and copier, are available to conduct interviews or other hiring activities.
Expansion Assistance: We’ll connect you to our economic development partners when expansion plans go beyond your workforce.
Layoff aversion/assistance: Appropriate referral to resources to avert layoffs and information, support and resources for helping dislocated workers return to work.
Seminars & More: West Michigan Works! offers a variety of seminars, information sessions and event opportunities to help you develop your workforce.

MiCareerQuestTM is an innovative, hands-on, career and college readiness event for middle and high school students. Exhibits engage employers and students in activities that allow students to experience the wealth of careers in advanced manufacturing, construction, information technology and health sciences.

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