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Labor and Economic Opportunity

Apprenticeship Programs and Advocacy


Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP)
Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has partnered with several West Michigan companies who are looking for manufacturing talent.  Through AMP, participating manufacturers pay to educate, train, and otherwise prepare high school graduates for careers in advanced manufacturing.  AMP students get a job right out of high school, and selected students also receive employer-paid tuition to attend GRCC to earn an Associate degree. That offer can be extended two more years if a higher degree is needed.  AMP students are allowed to earn while they learn by working part-time and attending college part-time – getting their hourly wage while not having to pay tuition or take on loans.

Detroit Registered Apprenticeship Program (D-RAP)
DRAP has been recognized by USDOL as a national apprenticeship readiness model   It was developed using stringent eligibility to prepare adults to become registered apprentices in any field, by utilizing multiple comprehensive assessments recognized by industries, substance abuse and security screening, soft skills training and remediation (if necessary) to pass required apprenticeship examinations, as well as additional customized services to meet the needs of individual employers. DRAP is designed to increase exposure and opportunity for minorities and women who have not historically had equal access to apprenticeship opportunities.   Currently, more than 100 Detroit residents are in active USDOL registered apprentices.

Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program (MAT2®)
The MAT² program is an innovative, industry-driven educational model developed in conjunction with global technology leaders to combine theory, practice, and work to train a globally competitive workforce. MAT² provides a three-year training program with all tuition costs paid for by the employer, on-the-job training with pay, an advanced Associate's degree in a high-tech, in-demand field, and a guaranteed job upon successful completion of program.  Graduates commit to remaining on the job for at least two years after the training period ends.  The USDOL Office of Apprenticeships has approved and registered all four  MAT² programs including mechatronics,  information technology, technical product design, and Computer Numerical Control (CNC).

Going PRO Talent Fund (Talent Fund))
The Going PRO Talent Fund (Talent Fund) provides competitive awards to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and new employees. It helps to ensure Michigan’s employers have the talent they need to compete and grow, and individuals have the skills they need for in-demand jobs. Going PRO Talent Fund-supported training expands and improves employees’ skills and develops their opportunities for growth or promotion within the company and for economic advancement. Training must be short-term and completed within one year from the date of the award. Employers who request funding must actively participate in the development of the training and commit to retaining individuals at the completion of training.


Michigan Apprenticeship Steering Committee, Inc. (MASCI)
MASCI is an advocacy group made up of professionals from education, manufacturing, construction trades, and governmental departments of Michigan.  MASCI’s objective is to educate Michigan’s workforce and employer groups on the benefits of participation in registered apprenticeship.  MASCI provides several resources for individuals to map out a career path as well as assisting employers in the development of apprentice programs.  A special committee of MASCI has been established to develop broad apprenticeship communication strategy to counselors, vocational education instructors, parents, and students.

Michigan Educators Apprenticeship and Training Association (MEATA)
MEATA is a non-profit organization devoted to providing a forum for the professional development of secondary and post-secondary educators and other individuals involved in providing apprenticeship and work-based education.  Since its founding, MEATA has been a vocal advocate for the expanded use of work-based learning as the most effective and least costly means of transferring generational knowledge from older to younger workers while supplementing that knowledge with the latest academic discoveries and advances.  The organization is probably best known for its annual Spring Apprenticeship Conference, where apprenticeship and work-based training representatives from across the state of Michigan are provided unique opportunities to network, collaborate, learn, and grow.

Michigan Industry Cluster Approach (MICA)
MICA creates a framework in which many employers within a single industry engage with the workforce system to identify their demand.  In this approach, talent issues may be handled more efficiently through multi-company, industry-focused training programs.  Regionally, MWAs convene employers along with education providers, economic development organizations, and other groups associated with workforce development to solve talent challenges.  Local industry clusters are formed based on local needs and are led by employers.  There are currently approximately 50 formally identified industry cluster groups throughout Michigan.  A number of these industry cluster groups utilize pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training models to address talent needs.