Workforce Development Division Accomplishments for 2016 by the Numbers
The Workforce Development division strives to stay in the
forefront of Oakland County’s workforce and talent needs. Activities supporting Oakland County
businesses and residents are largely carried out with the support of $15
million of Federal funding. In 2016, the division met and exceeded all
seventeen of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act performance
standards. In addition, the division expanded programming in career pathways,
apprenticeships, and services to support businesses with their training and
Accomplishments in 2016 include:
- Served more than 161,000 job seekers and 2,100 employers at eight Oakland County Michigan Works! locations
- Trained over 700 job seekers for high-demand careers in health care, advanced manufacturing, and information technology
- Hosted National Manufacturing Day tours for over 400 high school students, teachers, counselors, and workforce/economic developers at 38 Oakland County companies in partnership with Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs, Oakland Schools, and Oakland Community College.
- Launched a partnership with US Medical Management in Troy to retrain seven unemployed individuals as Pharmacy Technicians
- Provided health-care related internships to 40 youth and young adults within the St. Joseph Mercy Health System
- Developed an employer-driven training program with Eaton Steel/Atlas Trucking to retrain six unemployed individuals for employment as Flatbed Tractor Trailer Truck Drivers.
- Partnered with FedEx to recruit and hire over 200 package handlers for their new Oak Park Distribution Center.
- Hosted job fairs for Coastal Automotive, Performance Driven Workforce, US Farathane, Qualified Staffing, and Walmart resulting 116 new hires.
- Partnered with The Productivity Team to develop and implement a training program for entry level engineers. Six Junior Engineers have been hired and scheduled for training, with a goal of hiring 14 Junior Engineers in 2017.
- Received more than $1.3 million in Michigan Skilled Trades Training Funds (STTF) to upgrade the skills of more than 1,300 workers at 44 companies in areas such as computer-aided design, robotics, welding, and information technology. In 2017, more than $1.2 million has been received for such purposes at 50 Oakland County companies including BorgWarner, Lee Industrial Contracting, ABB, and Trijicon. Oakland County companies have received more than $3 million in skilled trades funds to date.
- Continuing the distribution of high-demand internally generated publications such as the Skills Needs Assessment Survey Reports for the health care and advanced manufacturing industries and guide to Apprenticeships in Oakland County.