Gov. Whitmer Secures Grant to Expand Employment Opportunities for Michiganders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

July 15, 2021  

Contact: Press@Michigan.gov 

 

Gov. Whitmer Secures Grant to Expand Employment Opportunities for Michiganders 

State Apprenticeship Equity, Expansion and Innovation Registered Apprenticeship grant will support career opportunities for underrepresented populations 

 

LANSING, Mich. - Governor Whitmer today announced that the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has been awarded a $10 million federal grant to support the state's registered apprenticeship expansion efforts and increase employment opportunities for Michiganders. 

 

"As we put Michigan back to work, Registered Apprenticeship programs offer on-ramps to high-demand, high-skill careers, and in Michigan we have committed to expanding these educational opportunities to ensure more Michiganders can get good-paying jobs," said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. "Increasing access to education and training opportunities will help us achieve our 60 by 30 goal to have 60% of Michigan's adult with post-secondary education or skills training by 2030, improve the quality of life and help Michiganders secure good-paying jobs, and ensure businesses have the workforce they need to succeed and grow our economy." 

 

Grant funds will be used to establish the Michigan Statewide Targeted Apprenticeship Inclusion & Readiness System (MiSTAIRS) a partnership of LEO, the Michigan Works! network, Michigan Career & Technical Institute, Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education, and the Access to Apprenticeship Consortium including labor and associated contractors. MiSTAIRS will focus on those most severely impacted by COVID-19 and expand registered apprenticeship opportunities for women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and those without a high school equivalency diploma or equivalent.  

 

MiSTAIRS will enable more than 1,640 workers to enroll in Registered Apprenticeship programs over a four-year period in sectors that include advanced manufacturing, construction, energy, healthcare, information technology and mobility - helping to secure Michigan's short-term economic recovery and long-term success.  

 

Michigan was one of just 15 states to receive a State Apprenticeship Equity, Expansion and Innovation grant award and one of 5 states to receive a maximum $10 million award from the U.S. Department of Labor. 

 

State Apprenticeship Expansion and MiSTAIRS align with Michigan's Sixty by 30 goal to increase the number of working-age adults with a skill certificate or college degree to 60% by 2030. 

 

More information about Michigan State Apprenticeship Expansion is available at Michigan.gov/Apprenticeship. 

 

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