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Skilled Trades Training Fund . AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY FOR MICHIGAN. Skilled Trades Training Fund Facts. In Governor Snyder's 2014 budget Ten million d ollars To be used for short term training needs for employers (less than 3 months)

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Skilled Trades Training Fund


skilled trades training fund facts

Skilled Trades Training Fund Facts

  • In Governor Snyder's 2014 budget
  • Ten million dollars
  • To be used for short term training needs for employers (less than 3 months)
  • Will fill in the gaps that are created by federal restrictions
  • Partner inclusive
  • User friendly
  • Plan is to be paperless process
  • Designed to work at the speed of business
allowable training
Allowable Training
  • Training programs funded by the STTF must:
    • Fill a documented talent need experienced by an eligible participating business
    • Must lead to full-time employment or continued employment
  • Examples of allowable training include:
    • Classroom
    • OJT
    • Customized
    • Incumbent Worker
    • USDOL Registered or Veterans Administration Approved Apprenticeships
employer expectations
Employer Expectations
  • Actively involved in planning and designing of training
  • Commit to hire the persons trained
  • Pay wages to trainees that are equal or greater than the current regional occupational wage for the applicable job title
  • Enter into a training agreement with the sponsoring MWA
  • Share outcomes and success stories
  • Use and the sponsoring MWA to post job openings for new workers
trainee expectations
Trainee Expectations
  • Be a suitable match for the employer prior to training
  • Commit to complete training
  • Be willing to work for the sponsoring employer(s)
anticipated outcomes
Anticipated Outcomes
  • Jobs Created – 1,500
  • Jobs Retained – 2,500
  • Training completion rate – 75%
  • Employment rate following training completion – 80%
  • Employment retention rate at six months – 70%
  • Hourly wages at six months - $13.95
training duration and targets
Training Duration and Targets

With the exception of USDOL or Veterans Administration Registered Apprenticeships training duration should not exceed three months

Targeted amounts are as follows:

  • Classroom/Customized $1,500
  • Incumbent Worker $1,500
  • OJT $1,500
  • Apprenticeship $3,000
who can request an application
Who Can Request an Application

Requests for an application can come from:

  • Michigan Works Agencies
  • WDA Industry Cluster Directors
  • MEDC Business Development Managers
  • Local Economic Developers
  • Community Colleges/other training partners
  • Employers
application process
Application Process
  • Request for an STTF Application is made to Michigan Works! Designated Business Services Professional (BSP) who manages the application process
  • BSP’s will coordinate the processes with the referring partners and the employer(s)
application process1
Application Process
  • Designated BSP conducts a fact finding to determine :
    • If regional and local funds can be used first
    • If funding streams can be blended to achieve the outcomes for the customer(s)
    • If the training request meets the employers needs
    • What other options may provide a better solution
  • If STTF is appropriate:
    • A STTF application is emailed to the employer(s) to be filled out and returned to the MWA.

Lets review the Application



  • PDF Format
  • Two Pages
  • Type and Tab Process
  • Can be saved /emailed
  • Has 4 Sections
  • #1 Employer Info
  • #2 Training Info
  • #3 Employer Signature
  • #4 MWA Info
  • STTF Final Forms\Michigan Skilled Trades Training Program Application.pdf

Section Four

  • Cluster Info
  • Partner Info
  • Matching Fund Info
  • Local Regional Fund Info
  • MWA WIA/Trade Contributions
  • Project Estimates
  • Recommendation Section
  • Rational for Project
  • MWA Signature Section
  • Save, Print and Submit Buttons
application addendums
Application Addendums
  • Cluster Application can have addendums attached with company additional information use the
  • If more people are to be trained than the application allows room for use the Additional Names Addendum:
leveraged funds section 4
Leveraged Funds Section #4
  • Section #4 will reveal the Leveraged Funds
  • We are tracking and reporting Leveraged Funds
  • Leveraged Funds show ROI to the Legislature
  • Gives us a rational for future funding
  • Examples:
    • Employer match
    • Federal
    • MEDC
    • Local
application process continued
Application Process Continued

Application is a three step process:

  • Employer(s) completes sections 1-3 on the application, emails it to the Designated Michigan Works BSP
  • MWA reviews the application for accuracy, completes the second part of the application and makes a recommendation to fund or deny the applicationand submits it to:
  • WDA reviews application and responds in three business days

No hard copies of applications will be accepted

  • Designated MWA BSP contacts the customer and referring partner to inform them of the funding decision
  • Upon approval, your training agreementis drafted and signed by the designated employer representative and the designated MWA representative. Copies are kept on file for future monitoring
  • Training cycle begins
training agreement
Training Agreement
  • Currently MWAs may use local training agreements
  • Goal is to move toward a consistent contract for subsequent years
  • Contracts must contain all STTF requirements
    • OJT sliding payment scale
    • Class list
    • Payroll register/record
upon completion of training
Upon Completion of Training
  • Designated MWA BSP follows up on results
  • Completes the Skilled Trades Training Fund Verification Form: (Next Slide)
  • A six month follow up is required using the same form
  • The Verification Form is emailed to:
training payment process
Training Payment Process

Funding awarded to the MWA

  • MWA will pay the training provider and/or employer
  • Consistent with approved documentation of the eligible costs
  • Up to five percent of an award may be used by the MWA for administrative costs
    • Project lead activities
    • Conducting the fact finding, application, and implementation process
    • Identifying all available funding sources
    • Tracking and reporting of project outcomes and follow-up activities
classroom training payment
Classroom Training Payment
  • At training completion MWA submits the STTF verification form
  • WDA reviews verification form for payment approval
  • Funding awarded through Purchase Order
  • MWA pays training provider for costs consistent with the approved application
ojt payment
OJT Payment
  • At completion of six month retention period MWA submits the verification and follow-up form
  • WDA reviews form for payment approval
  • Funding awarded through Purchase Order
  • MWA reimburses the employer for costs consistent with the approved application
  • Actual reimbursement based on retention table below
  • OJT reimbursement is a single payment at retention
  • Classroom training
    • Class roster
    • Sign-in sheets
  • OJT
    • Payroll register closest to the six month pay period
      • Redact all other employees information
      • Only need to record actual trainee information
  • Records should be retained for three years
contact information
Contact Information

Patty Vanaman