Skilled trades Outlook 2017

Skilled trade outlook 2017

As baby boomers retire in ever increasing numbers, employers throughout Michigan are facing a growing problem finding workers with the education, training and skilled trades needed to fill their jobs.

Industries in Michigan from construction to health care are facing shortages of competent workers. Shortages of qualified workers — known as the “skills gap” — presents a drag on Michigan’s future economic growth.

From pipe fitters to welders, registered nurses, health care social workers, truck drivers and engineers of all types are in high demand right now.

Young people entering the workforce find that “it’s just hard to figure out what the opportunities are out there because of lack of counseling at the High schools. Parents who really understand the opportunities can introduce to their kids is really important.

The Downriver Career Technical Consortium (DCTC) was founded in 1965 as a way for three local school districts to share vocational education programs. They currently work with skilled trade business and the community colleges to provide training opportunities for young people interested in the trades.

Over the years, the DCTC has grown and adapted to meet the ever changing needs of our evolving world. The DCTC now consists of nine local districts that share over 23 programs.

  • An academic consortium that shares high level and unique classes
  • The Exposures: School-to-Career program – a mentoring program for 10th grade students.
  • Articulated college credit for most programs; direct college credit for some programs
  • Professional development for teachers

No two students have exactly the same skills or learning style. That’s why we create an individual learning plan for every child. Your plan will combine direct instruction, small-group work, and one-on-one tutoring in a way that works for your student.

Students who attend school in one of the following districts,  can choose from over 23 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs: Airport, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron, Riverview, Southgate, Trenton, Woodhaven-Brownstown.

Free transportation is provided to most programs. Many programs offer college credit, and some programs offer state licensure. Most programs also provide math and visual/applied arts credit, and some programs provide science credit.

The state’s website lists more than 95,000 current job openings in the state. Because of the education gap, many of the open skilled trade jobs remain unfilled.

The Local Development Finance Authority of Huron Township exists to provide public improvements necessary or desirable to facilitate, promote and sustain industrial skilled trade development within the established district. The district is established to attract Manufacturing companies to the area.

The Local Development Financing Act (LDFA), allows eligible entities to establish area boundaries, create and implement a development plan, acquire and dispose of interest in real and personal property, issue bonds and use tax increment financing to fund public infrastructure improvements for eligible property.  The tool is designed to promote economic growth and job creation.  The group has used these tools to support companies in manufacturing, agricultural processing, and high technology operations.

Huron Township LDFA is home to many other successful  manufacturing businesses with space to grow new companies! Recently the group has developed a new LDFA2 district with many opportunities for new business. Call R.P. Lilly, chairman  for more information 517-375-1624.


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