Southeast Michigan: The Future of Automation Starts Here
At the heart of the automated and connected vehicle revolution, Southeast Michigan is poised to be a leader in the advancement of vehicle automation and the Internet of Things (IoT). As greater Detroit continues to attract more talent and businesses, the region has evolved into a diverse and exciting place to live and work. Widely recognized companies such as Microsoft, Google, Quicken Loans, GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and many others have a presence in Southeast Michigan, and all share the struggle of having more IT related positions open than they can fill.
Throughout the Southeast Michigan region IT employers are facing an increasingly challenging recruiting environment, as demand for talent vastly outweighs the supply of workers. According to an analysis from WIN, there were nearly 65,000 IT-related online job postings in 2016, which is nearly twenty times the number of IT degree completions (3,671 degrees earned from Southeast Michigan higher education institutions). The IT talent pipeline, as currently constituted, is simply not robust enough to handle such high demand.
To address this challenge, WIN has partnered with Apprenti to bring the nationally-recognized, DOL-approved, registered IT apprenticeship program to Southeast Michigan. Apprenti’s presence in Southeast Michigan will help to augment the existing talent pool using its nationally recognized “turn-key” framework to help provide a reliable pipeline for underrepresented groups to gain training, certification, and placement within the tech industry.
WIN is leveraging the partnership with Apprenti to help get employers the talent they need to thrive while changing the mindset that a degree is necessary to begin a career in the tech industry.
Overview of WIN
The Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) is a partnership of ten community colleges and six Michigan Works! Agencies (MWA) in Southeast Michigan. WIN’s mission is to cultivate an efficacious and cohesive talent system by facilitating data-driven workforce solutions to ensure responsiveness to labor market demands.
The WIN team is comprised of individuals with expertise in labor market data, industry sectors, strategic career pathways, career awareness and readiness, communications, collaboration, facilitation, project management, government, real estate, and resource development. Several WIN personnel have worked as a professional consultant at the local, state and national level, while others have worked directly with a community college or in workforce development.
Together, WIN’s experience in data-driven solutions, partner engagement and collaboration, and expertise in consulting, ensure that talent partners and their supporters have the tools needed to support Michigan’s growing economy.
According to a recent labor market study of Southeast Michigan by WIN, software developers are the most in-demand occupation across the region with over 5,700 job postings in just the third quarter of 2017. WIN is in the process of identifying hiring partners and will be recruiting apprentice candidates later this year.