Workforce Development Division Accomplishments for 2017 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 business and residents are largely carried out with
support of $15 million of Federal and state funding. In 2017, the division,
through the Oakland County Michigan Works! centers, expanded programming in
apprenticeships, career pathways, veterans services, training in high-demand
occupations, and services to support businesses with their training and workforce
Accomplishments in 2017
- Filled 7,138 jobs.
- Hosted more than 115,000 visits to our 8 Oakland County Michigan Works! locations and conducted over 63,000 off-sites visits and contacts.
- Served more than 46,000 individual job seekers.
- Assisted more than 4,800 businesses with various services including follow up, outreach, recruitment, posting jobs, and accessing training funds.
- Awarded by the Michigan Works! Association and state legislators at the Michigan Works! Impact awards in Lansing. Magna International, Oakland County Michigan Works!, Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs, and Michigan Economic Development Corporation were recognized for their collaborative work to support talent and workforce development in Oakland County.
- Launched the Skills Needs Assessment on Connected Mobility, the fourth in the Skills Needs Assessment series. Over 200 individuals representing businesses, professional organizations, K-12, post-secondary education, economic development, and partner organizations attended the March 21, 2017 launch event. Throughout 2017, nearly a dozen presentations were provided across Oakland County and the region highlighting the survey results and nearly 2,000 copies of the report have been distributed.
- Published the sixth edition of the "Apprenticeships in Oakland County and Southeastern Michigan 2017-2019 Edition." This guide features 60 apprenticeships, including 19 new occupations. Since the release, nearly 6,000 copies have been distributed to students, parents, strategic partners, and educators.
- Hosted and sponsored Money Smart Week across the Oakland County Michigan Works! centers. 151 individuals participated in 29 different financial presentations including budgeting, saving money, starting a small business, and dealing with debt.
- In partnership with The Productivity Team, Oakland County Michigan Works! launched an innovative approach to the challenge of finding qualified engineers – a Junior Engineering Training program. Fourteen junior engineers have been hired through a robust screening, qualification, and training process.
- Hosted National Manufacturing Day tours for over 500 high school students across Oakland County. Students, teachers, counselors, workforce/economic developers, toured 35 Manufacturing locations. Oakland County Michigan Works!, Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs, Oakland Schools, and Oakland Community College championed this effort with sponsorships from FCA, Kelly Services, Magna International, Wenzel America, Automation Alley, and Lawrence Technological University.
- In partnership with Tech248, hosted an IT Apprenticeship Event. Nearly 100 companies and partners attended the event to learn the techniques, processes, resources, and funds available to help companies launch IT apprenticeships. The United States Department of Labor, Oakland Schools, Automation Alley, and the Workforce Intelligence Network also presented.
- Received a $775,000 America's Promise/Advance Michigan Catalyst grant from the United States Department of Labor through the Workforce Intelligence Network to training 135 workers over the next four years. ON September 11, 2017, Oakland County launched the first cohort of 15 students in PLC and Robotics training at Oakland Community College. On December 15, 14 of the 15 students graduated earning their OSHA 10 Card, FANUC 1 Certification, PLC Certification, and a Certificate of Completion from Oakland Community College.
- Awarded $2.1 million in Michigan Skilled Trades Training Funds to 86 local companies to train 1,584 new hires, 1,538 existing employees, and create 46 new apprenticeships.
- In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, Oakland County Michigan Works! hosted its first Twitter Chat. The char, led by the Oakland County Michigan Works! Business Services and Social Media teams, featured 17 employers and partners including Oakland Community College, Oakland County, Automation Alley, Wenzel America, Magna International, DASI Solutions, the Workforce Intelligence Network, the Michigan Works! Association, BEHCO MRM, Diverse Note, and the Michigan Talent Investment Agency. The Twitter Chat reach was 52,940 with 161,431 impressions.
- In conjunction with Oakland County Veterans Services division, expanded employment services to veterans through the new Veterans Reboot Project. The first Friday of each month from 9:00-11:0 a.m. military veterans are invited to the Oakland County Veterans' Services locations in Pontiac and Troy to participate in employability workshops and connect directly with employers face-to-face. Employers including Beaumont Health, Kelly Services, and PDW Workforce have participated in the project.
- Branded the Oakland County Michigan Works! WIOA Youth program as the Oakland Next Career Assistance program. New materials and outreach efforts have been developed and launched to increase awareness about the program. Eligible youth can participate in paid internships, tuition assistance, and apprenticeships. Youth can also receive resume assistance, interviewing, and help with job search strategies.
- Piloted the Refugee Navigator Pilot Program to assist all work-authorized immigrants and legal refugee with overcoming language barriers, lack of documented educational and employment history, and other barriers to employment to aid in their successful integration into Michigan's economy. Since the launch of the initiative, Oakland County Michigan Works! has assisted 106 individuals.
- Trained 591 individuals in high-demand occupations
across the health care, advanced manufacturing, construction, and information