Help Wanted: 15,000 job seekers needed to fill jobs in Michigan’s Professional Trades

Help Wanted: 15,000 job seekers needed to fill jobs in Michigan’s Professional Trades

Years past, job seekers nearly always outnumbered job openings, particularly in the state’s urban centers. But this is not the case in the skilled trades industry today, which has plenty of top high-wage, high-demand Professional Trades careers left open – 15,0oo of them annually, according to current estimates.

Gov. Whitmer call for 60 percent of Michiganders to achieve postsecondary credentials by 2030, should help bolster the numer of qualified candidates to fill the lucrative posts, all of  which require education or training beyond high school from apprenticeships, on-the-job training and certificates to associate degreee programs.

“We want students to not only know what high-wage, high-demand career opportunities are available right here in Michigan, but to also prepare them for the best path to learn and train for those careers after high school,” said Talent and Economic Development (Ted) Department of Michigan Acting Director Stephanie Beckhorn. “With more than 500,000 Professional Trades jobs coming open through 2024, it’s critical that we educate students and job seekers on the typical education needed for that profession.

“When we talk about careers in the Professional Trades, we are talking about careers in high-tech, high-demand industries that will position our state as a leader in innovation.”

Michigan has launched a new campaign called  Going PRO to help employers across the state fill more than 811,000 jobs in high-paying, highly rewarding careers such as information technology and computer science, healthcare, manufacturing, and other business and Professional Trades fields.

But Michigan needs more apprentices and skilled workers to fill the talent gap.

The 2020 budget proposal presented by Gov. Whitmer, reaffirmed the need to address the state’s talent gap and reach educational attainment goals – and ultimately lead Michigan to a healthier, stronger economy.

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