On July 27, 2022 four staff from Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium graduated from the Talent Pipeline Management Academy (TPM®). The academy is facilitated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Business Solutions Professionals Alayne Hansen, Melissa McDonnell and Shelly Blankenship along with Apprenticeship Specialist & Lead Business Solutions Professional, Jennifer Coughlin attended the training that was held in-person and online from March through July.
The TPM® Academy trains business, workforce, and economic development leaders on the Talent Pipeline Management approach, a demand-driven strategy to create real career pathways for students and workers with talent pipelines aligned to dynamic business needs. The TPM® framework is composed of six strategies that, when implemented in a particular sequence, make for a talent supply chain approach. Each strategy is designed to build off one another and support employers in developing a more data- and performance-driven approach to improving education and workforce partnerships.
Michigan Works! staff is now equipped with the tools to learn to drive partnerships with their education and training providers based on industry need using the demand-driven, employer-led approach to closing the skills gap.
During the final day of training, students of the academy brought partners to attend and learn about what their roles could be in applying the TPM strategies in their areas. Betsy Williams from the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center was the guest of Michigan Works and was excited to be a part of the academy.