2021 State Budget Proposal Allocation For Going PRO Talent Fund

After a long pause in funding with the Going PRO Talent Fund – Michigan Works Association applauds lawmakers and administration for including Going PRO Talent Fund money in FY 2021 state budget.

From the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity page, you’ll see the veto message as stated:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated budget shortfalls, the Going PRO Talent Fund was vetoed through Public Act 66 of 2020, signed by Governor Whitmer on March 30, 2020. This act resulted in a number of supplemental budget line items being vetoed. As a result, no Going PRO Talent Fund awards are available for FY20.

The Going PRO Talent Fund (Talent Fund) makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing, and retaining current and newly hired employees. Training funded by the Talent Fund must be short-term and fill a demonstrated talent need experienced by the employer. Training must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by the industry.

CEO of the Michigan Works! Association, Luann Dunsford, was more than thrilled to the inclusion of $28.7 million for the Going PRO Talent Fund program in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal.

“We applaud the Michigan legislature and the administration for their commitment to including money to the FY 2021 state budget in order to continue providing grants to Michigan businesses so they can provide critical training for both current employees and new hires.”, Dunsford stated.

The $28.7 million will be awarded to employers across that state to help any challenges with locating, training, and retaining talent to remain competitive with other states and around the world. Since the start of the Talent Fund program in 2014, almost $100 million has been awarded to more than 3,000 businesses across the state, resulting in the retention of a total of 72,542 jobs.

Dunsford shares that COVID-19 has made this a significant need.

“The need for highly-skilled talent has never been greater in our state. The COVID-19 crisis has created an even greater need for reskilling and retraining dollars for Michiganders. Many Michigan residents are now facing situations in which they will need to pursue a completely different career path and this funding will go a long way toward helping with that situation. Going PRO Talent Fund has proven to be one of the most effective resources available to address Michigan’s talent crisis.