Talent and Economic Development
Michigan has come a long way and has created a business climate where companies can grow and thrive. However, there is one thing that is needed to ensure continued economic prosperity for the state, and that’s a robust talent pipeline to fill the growing number of jobs available today. Michigan’s talent gap is the state’s No. 1 threat to a thriving economy.
The Michigan Career Pathways Alliance is designed to help improve student access to career pathways and help schools enhance their programs – all in an effort to narrow the talent gap and continue to build a stronger talent base in Michigan.
Gov. Rick Snyder, with TED director Roger Curtis and state Superintendent Brian Whiston, announced recommendations and immediate actions that provide a comprehensive approach to improving access to these in-demand and good-paying careers for students across the state.
The alliance brings together employers, educators, K-12 districts, higher education, union leaders and businesses – all to ensure every student can reach their potential and know about all pathways to good jobs in Michigan.
Students are unaware of, and don’t always have access to, the multiple pathways that lead to rewarding and good-paying jobs in Michigan.
We have a talent issue and we can – and must – do more to fix it.
Michigan is bursting at the seams with diverse career opportunities. The Professional Trades alone will account for more than 500,000 jobs in our state’s economy by 2024, adding 15,000 new jobs each year during that time.
The Michigan Career Pathways Alliance initiatives seek to improve access to multiple pathways to good jobs in Michigan by: