The Marshall Plan for Talent is a revolutionary partnership between educators, employers, and other stakeholders to transform Michigan’s talent pipeline and redesign the ways Michigan invests, develops, and attracts talent in the state.

Companies look for a talented workforce when they consider places to locate and create jobs. However, nationwide, businesses report difficulty finding qualified job applicants. Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder recently enacted a statewide strategy to prepare the state's workforce to meet its talent needs. The Marshall Plan for Talent brings together educators, employers, and other stakeholders to create a talent pipeline that will fill a projected 811,055 career openings through 2024 in five high-demand sectors: IT and computer science, manufacturing, healthcare, other professional trades, and business. It encourages apprenticeships and mentorships by incentivizing schools to offer more work-based learning models, including competency-based certifications and licensing.

To accomplish this, the Marshall Plan for Talent proposes to invest an additional $100 million over five years to systematically change Michigan's talent and education system. The Plan has four objectives:

  1. Increasing career exploration activities and opportunities;
  2. Evolving Michigan's education system to a competency-based learning model;
  3. Fostering increased business and education collaboration; and
  4. Creating multiple career pathways for students and career seekers. 

Specifically, the funding will develop 150 new courses to teach skills needed for a 21st century global economy, train 5,000 cybersecurity students, and provide scholarships for another 16,000 low-income/at-risk students to gain skills for high-demand fields. Funds will also enable schools to hire career navigators, coaches, and mentors to help student–s—and their parent—explore career options. A new Innovative Educator Corps, a group of 150 highly skilled, proven, innovative educators nominated by their local schools, will receive stipends to share their innovations with others across the state.

"Michigan's forward-looking approach takes into account that the jobs of today—and the future—all require some sort of post-secondary education and lifelong learning," says Roger Curtis, Director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development. "Work-based learning opportunities, like apprenticeship, are a tried-and-true way to help connect people to high-demand, great-paying careers with little to no student debt and are a key component to the success of the Marshall Plan for Talent."


Source: Apprenticeship Connections Newsletter – July 2018

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