FUTURE of WORK
The Future of Work Grand Challenge is a national competition that uses innovative technology to get individuals, impacted by COVID-19 layoffs and closures, back to work. Quickly.
Participating workforce agencies, like Michigan Works!, are looking for people to help them test new technologies. Participants will receive FREE training and learn new skills that can lead to higher-paying job opportunities.
Take a look at the solutions below. If you're interested in participating, fill out the application form.
A member of the training team will contact you with next steps.
If you have questions about the program or the application, please complete the contact form.
CNC machinist training
Machinists are in high demand in Michigan with almost 3,000 openings each year. The average wage for machinists in Michigan is $41,930.
Learn more about machinists.
The skills learned in this training are used in other occupations including industrial machinery mechanics, maintenance and repair workers, machinery assemblers and fabricators, tool and die makers.
This training combines online learning and virtual training. You can do your online learning anywhere, anytime. Through the app you will access course content, track your progress and get in-app chat support.
The augmented reality training uses a hololens headset. While wearing the headset you will experience a 3D virtual environment, seeing real footage of equipment through the eyes of an instructor who will demonstrate the tasks and processes you learned online. See example.
Once you’ve successfully completed training, you’ll be connected to employers who are interested in hiring participants.
This is a 90-day training that begins in May 2021. You can expect to spend 21 hours per week on the coursework, working on a mobile phone or computer with internet access. Nine days will be dedicated to augmented reality training. These sessions will last about 1-2 hours each and will be done at a Michigan Works! service center.
sales & customer service training
Do you love connecting with people? This, plus sales and customer service skills, can be used to find jobs in many different industries - health care, hospitality, banking and more. In Michigan, the average wage for sales and customer service jobs is $19.71 per hour.
This online training can be done anywhere, anytime. You'll complete personalized coursework to help you master your skills, participate in real-world team projects to practice those skills, and receive feedback from a coach to help you succeed.
At the end of the training you'll receive help identifying and applying for sales and customer service roles.
This is a 90-day training that begins in May 2021.You can expect to spend 10-15 hours per week on the online coursework, coaching and events. All you’ll need is a smartphone or computer with reliable internet access and video capability.
Do you have a business idea that you'd like to pursue? Or a side hustle that you'd like to take to the next level? Starting your own business can offer an alternative path to generating income.
The training consists of a facilitated online workshop and app. As a participant, you will gain basic knowledge of business concepts, create a business plan and budget, connect with microlenders and other small business support resources, and develop important soft skills such as critical thinking and decision-making.
This online training will begin in June 2021. The boot camp is six hours done over several sessions. The basic training program consists of nine sessions, three hours each, including a two-hour
one-on-one coaching session.