Great Lakes Bay Manufacturers Association

Michigan Talent Resources

e-Learning Soft Skills Program 

14 eLearning modules on Lifelong Soft Skills are to provide a universally accessible soft skills training resource for the Michigan workforce for basic and foundational skills for the workplace, to help ensure the workforce is ready to succeed in the 21st century.


MAT2®– the Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program – is an innovative, industry-driven approach to education. Developed in conjunction with global industry technology leaders to combine theory, practice and work to train a globally competitive workforce, MAT² addresses two critical issues facing the manufacturing and technology industries: a widening skills gap and an aging workforce. This initiative functions similar to an apprenticeship program, where students alternate between classroom instruction and on-the-job training, gaining the necessary hands-on skills and real-world experiences for them to become a successful and productive member of the workforce.


Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF)

To be competitive, Michigan employers need talent with specific skill sets. Individuals looking to improve their employment opportunities need these in-demand skills to grow. How do we meet both needs in a way that positively impacts local and state economies?
Help close the skills gap and support business growth by familiarizing yourself with the tools available through the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF).
By collaborating with economic development and education partners, you can assist in achieving demand-driven training that addresses talent shortages hampering the growth of Michigan’s Industries.


Greater Michigan Construction Academy 

The Greater Michigan Construction Academy (GMCA) facilitates opportunities for career growth in the construction industry through continuing education programs targeting craft workers, foremen, supervisors, project managers, superintendents and company management. 


STEM Pipeline

Their mission is to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the Great Lakes Bay Region where employers can search for talent.