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Horn legislation to fund additional skilled trades training measures

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ken Horn joined Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday for a bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 946, now Public Act 260 of 2018, which Horn sponsored. The new law was formally signed in early July.

PA 260 permanently places into law the Going Pro Talent Program, which provides funding for skilled trades training. Michigan has had a version of the Skilled Trades Training Fund since 2014, but it was dependent on annual renewal by the Legislature. With this legislation, workers and employers in need of training opportunities are guaranteed the program is available.

“In recent years our state has had a severe shortage of qualified workers,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “Our state is rooted in manufacturing, and skilled trades programs like this are working to put Michigan back on the map.”

Since 2014, the program has provided $72.9 million in competitive awards to more than 2,000 companies for training and apprenticeships.

“The program provides workers with additional skills to advance their careers, while also providing employers with highly trained and experienced employees to fill much-needed positions.” Horn said. “A college degree is not for everyone. There are countless alternatives available — all we need to do is encourage young Michiganders to once again learn to work with their hands and enjoy doing so.”