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Manufacturing jobs event works to fill Michigan's talent gap

Posted at 4:45 PM, Jul 08, 2019

DETROIT, Mich. — Michigan has been Going PRO this summer with kick-off events around the state focusing on jobs in professional trades.

Monday in Detroit, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, along with Detroit Mayor, Mike Duggan and business leaders announced the Motown kick off.

The Going PRO campaign aims to fill an estimated 545,000 skilled-labor jobs in Michigan through 2026.

The events showcase the many career options available and homes to change the opinion of the jobs being "dark, dirty, and dangerous."

Some of the jobs available are welders, millwrights and electrical lineworkers, but also medical sonographers, dental hygienists, anesthesia technologists, surgical technologists, web developers and industrial mechanics.

“If we want to make our state a home for opportunity for working people and businesses, we have to get serious about closing the skills gap,” Whitmer said. “We know that the vast majority of careers in Michigan require some type of education beyond high school, but only 45% of Michiganders have this additional education. I set the state’s first goal to increase the number of people with a post secondary degree or certificate to 60% by 2030 because everyone deserves a pathway to a high-paying job, and the Going PRO campaign will help us achieve this goal.”

Officials behind Going PRO say that approximately half of Michigan’s high school students, young adults and parents lack knowledge about the value and benefits that apprenticeships offer in Professional Trades, with only 13% of high school students considering apprenticeships a good career path option.

“Going PRO is the right step toward making sure that Detroit – the city that put the world on wheels – is a place for opportunity where working people and businesses can thrive,” Duggan said. “By building a strong, skilled workforce, together we can improve the quality of life for every one of us, get people on the right track toward good-paying careers and establish Southeast Michigan communities as a great place to live, work and play.”

Anyone interested in more information on the campaign, including students, should go to to find out more about opportunities, career paths, training, etc.

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