By Hope Salyer
Four local contractors received a total $78,000 in grant funding for apprenticeship training at the Ann Arbor Electrical JATC from the Michigan Talent Investment agency on Dec. 26, 2018. A.F. Smith Electric, Huron Valley Electric, Tri-County Electric and Turner Electric are part of twenty-two companies in Washtenaw County to receive funding.
According to Michigan Works! Southeast Communications Manager Nicole Bell, the grant awards are part of the state’s Going PRO Talent Fund (formerly STTF). “The Fund provides competitive awards for training that enhances talent, productivity and employee retention while increasing the quality and competitiveness of Michigan’s businesses.” Bell said in a press release.
The AAEJATC will train 47 apprentices under the Going PRO Talent Fund Plan for the four contractors in 2019. AAEJATC Training Director, John Salyer, said he is excited to partner with Michigan Works! Southeast and the Michigan Talent Investment agency on this new venture.
“The money these local contractors received allows them to hire and train more apprentices with the end result being more highly-skilled State of Michigan licensed electricians.”
Jim Coutu, business services manager for Michigan Works! Southeast said the grants help both new and existing employees at these companies gain the skills they need to perform their jobs effectively. “We are excited to help increase the number of registered apprenticeships in our region through this grant,” Coutu said.
About the Ann Arbor Electrical JATC: The Ann Arbor Electrical JATC is the training center for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local union 252. Founded in 1946, the AAEJATC has trained thousands of highly-skilled State of Michigan licensed journeymen and women in the Washtenaw, Jackson, Ingham and Livingston county area. The AAEJATC accepts applications every Monday from 8-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.