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Mich. CUs are new tools for skilled trades toolbox
LIVONIA, Mich. (4/22/14)--The Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) has signed on to a partnership looking to close the widening skills gap in Michigan, a trend that has long tripped up the state's job market and economy.

With skilled trade occupations finally on the rise after almost a decade of decline, state leaders are concerned the trades industry might stumble if the number of skilled workers in Michigan falls short of the demand.

To bridge that gap, in collaboration with U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Iron Mountain) and the Michigan Workforce Development Agency, MCUL is developing a multi-tooled program that will inform students about available career and technical training for the growing number of trade jobs in the state.   

"Our partnership with Congressmen Benishek on this initiative has resulted in the development of timely information on the availability of skilled trades jobs that will be useful across Michigan," said league president/CEO David Adams ( Monitor April 21).

Geared towards teens and young adults, materials include lesson plans and a guidebook that outlines salary expectations, forecasted job growth and training sources for 24 high-demand trade jobs in Michigan. The materials are produced for credit unions, schools, parents and the general public.

Students can also explore various occupations with the program. MCUL is encouraging credit unions to link their websites to the materials.

To access the guide and lesson plans, use the resource link.
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