West Michigan Post

Congratulations to Perrigo, our 2020 Employer of the Year West Michigan Works! recognizes Perrigo as its 2020 Employer of the Year for its commitment to workforce strategies that increase skills, wages and retention of current employees; promotes a diverse workforce; and builds a workforce for the future.  Perrigo is committed to providing ...
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Editors Note: This is the final piece in a three-part series about apprenticeships in West Michigan. Part 1: construction Part 2: health care Michigan manufacturers are a cornerstone of the state’s economy. The National Association of Manufacturers finds that Michigan manufacturers employ about 14% of the state’s workforce. In 2018, manufacturers exported about $55 billion in goods and contributed 19% of ...
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Serving Those Who Served Wednesday, November 11 is Veterans Day, a day to recognize and honor those who have served in our armed forces. West Michigan Works! is grateful for the service provided by our nation’s heroes. They made us their priority, and in return, Michigan Works! makes veterans a priority every day of the year. Veterans and their spouses are eligible for priority of service, meaning they ...
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October is Careers in Construction Month! Did you know?  Michigan will need an estimated 9,000 new construction employees each year.  The gender wage-gap in construction is much lower than other industries. Women earn 95.7% as much as men in construction, 14% more than the average across all industries.  Entry-level construction laborer jobs in West Michigan require ...
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Mock Interviews for Job Seekers Even before social distancing, research suggests more than 60% of hiring managers used video job interviews to streamline their hiring process and engage with candidates faster. The video interview is even more common now and job seekers should expect to use technology when searching for a job. Online mock-interviews can help you ...
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Get back into the workforce with new skills and knowledge! West Michigan Works! has training scholarship opportunities available for eligible people who need to upskill or earn a credential to find employment in high-demand industries like health care and manufacturing.   “West Michigan has a variety of options that include opportunities in apprenticeships, on-the- job training, certificates, associate degrees ...
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Second Chance Job Fair Connects Returning Citizens with Jobs One of the biggest challenges for people who have been released from incarceration is finding a job. A 2018 report by Talent 2025 indicated less than 2% of West Michigan employers were hiring individuals with a prior conviction at that time.  And yet, research ...
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