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Leaders Honored for Work in Creating Jobs, Developing Talent

Senator Shirkey, Representative Julie Alexandar, and Commissioner Conan Smith celebrate the power of partnership with Michigan Works! Southeast & Consumers Energy.

FEB. 22, 2018 - State leadership and lawmakers came together this week to honor southeast Michigan leaders for their efforts to create jobs and develop talent in their communities. Legislators and talent development officials recognized Consumers Energy and Michigan Works! Southeast with 2018 Impact Awards.

The partnership between Michigan Works! Southeast and Consumers Energy began in 2014 in an effort to provide the energy leader with workforce solutions. Michigan Works! Southeast shared information on the increased focus on apprenticeships in the U.S. and how they could put that trend to work for their business.

To support Consumer Energy’s success, Michigan Works! worked through the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) application and training plan. They also facilitated outreach to candidates and referred them to Consumers Energy, helping with resumes and identifying special considerations.

With support from Michigan Works!, Consumers Energy worked for nearly three years to convert their internal apprenticeships into USDOL Registered Apprentices.

The Impact Awards, hosted by Michigan Works! Association, honor the finest achievements in workforce development statewide, from the creation of new jobs to the accomplishments of hardworking citizens.

During the annual event, lawmakers present tributes to award winners, employers, workers, Michigan Works! Agencies, and partners, who share their stories and the role Michigan Works! played in their success.