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.
We can help you train new hires or upskill your current workforce. Contact the Business Solutions Team to learn about current funding opportunities, including:
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:
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:
- Medical Assistant
- Sterile Processing Technician
- Industrial Manufacturing Technician
- Maintenance Technician
- Maintenance Mechanic
- Tool & Die Maker
- Machine Operator
- CNC Machine Specialist
- CNC Machinist Operator
- Mechatronics Technician
- Welder Combination
- Computer Support Specialist
- Construction Apprentice
- Mechatronics Technician Electrical
- HVAC- Installer/Servicer
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.