Hot Jobs Project Highlights Opportunities for Employment in NE MI
The skilled worker shortage in northern Michigan is being addressed through a “Hot Jobs” funded by the MI Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to the Northeast MI Council of Governments (NEMCOG) on behalf of Northeast MI Region 3: Collaborative Development Council (CDC). Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) was contracted to complete the project.
To create and fill jobs in Northeast Michigan, NEMCOG and stakeholders in the region identified the most in-demand jobs in the area. Funds were then used to send College Interns around Northeast Michigan to find out more about the Hot Jobs and how others can obtain jobs in these popular career fields.
The printable profiles and videos formed from the interviews give a first-hand account of why the employees and business owners participating in the project love to work and live in Northeast Michigan. Also, the participants provide information on wage scale for the particular job, schooling and/or credentials that are required, the personal career path to the job and advice to those interested in the specific career. The profiles and videos are available on www.discovernortheastmichigan.org and the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance YouTube channel.
“This project is extremely important to the Northeast region as well as Michigan as a whole”, NEMCOG Executive Director, Diane Rekowski said. “Michigan has a lot of career opportunities, but we are lacking in the talent it takes to fill them. I believe this project will play a key role in encouraging job seekers and those wishing to work in northeast MI to seek the skilled trades training necessary for the Hot Jobs available in the region. The videos produced from this project will also excite students and those desiring to return to Northeast MI on the excellent jobs available right here in the region”.
The profiles will be distributed to middle and high schools, colleges, technical schools, career recruitment services and individual companies to be used as an educational tool.
All Hot Jobs materials are available free of charge for anyone to use.