The Michigan Works! System
The Michigan Works! System is the first unified workforce development system in the U.S. and is an integral partner in developing Michigan’s economic future. The system is demand driven, locally responsive, and ready to meet the needs of each community. Every year, the Michigan Works! System serves nearly four million customers.
The Michigan Works! system is on the front lines, meeting the talent demands of local employers and responding to the unique needs of each community. The system is made up of regional Michigan Works! agencies that are focused on the needs of job makers and developing talent for the 21st century economy.
While each agency is unique, all share several fundamental qualities. They are:
- Locally responsive and demand-driven
- Governed by a Workforce Development Board comprised of private sector representatives and locally-elected officials
- Delivering services that help businesses find the skilled workers they need and provide a competitive advantage for job seekers
Michigan Works! partners with communities to meet the diverse needs of all customers. All ages, skill sets and levels of experience are welcome.
History Of Innovation
A visionary process that spanned several decades, covering both Democratic and Republican administrations, culminated in 1996 with the creation of the Michigan Works! System— the first statewide, unified workforce development system in the country. Today, the Michigan Works! System serves as a model to other states and countries and has been emulated based on its widespread and long-standing success.