G LEO Grant Announcement Governor Whitmer has secured $10 million in federal grant funds for the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) to support the state’s registered apprenticeship expansion efforts and increase employment opportunities for Michiganders.
Michigan was one of just 15 states to receive a State Apprenticeship Equity, Expansion and Innovation grant award and one of only 5 states to receive a maximum $10 million award from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Grant funds will be used to establish the Michigan Statewide Targeted Apprenticeship Inclusion & Readiness System (MiSTAIRS) a partnership of LEO, the Michigan Works! network, Michigan Career & Technical Institute, Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education, and the Access to Apprenticeship Consortium including labor and associated contractors.
MiSTAIRS will enable more than 1,640 workers to enroll in Registered Apprenticeship programs over a four-year period in sectors that include advanced manufacturing, construction, energy, health care, information technology, and mobility – helping to secure Michigan’s short-term economic recovery and long-term success. MiSTAIRS will focus on those most severely affected by COVID-19 and expand registered apprenticeship opportunities for women, people of color, people with disabilities, and workers without a high school diploma or equivalent.