A retraining program that works: Finding jobs in Detroit. In the aftermath of Detroit's historic bankruptcy, attention will turn quickly to a much more troubling problem than the city's balance sheet: the crisis of structurally unemployed residents in Detroit.
For a true turnaround, the city must put people back to work — but simply prescribing a quick fix would ignore the deeply rooted problems in the labor force, including a lack of modern job skills, rampant illiteracy, transit problems and a fundamental lack of opportunities. The resurgence of downtown and Midtown Detroit is creating jobs for high-tech workers with advanced degrees and spurring new real estate developments aimed at young educated professionals. But the city's economy continues to generate little opportunity for unemployed residents in the impoverished neighborhoods. That's where the Michigan Economic Development Corp.'s new Community Ventures program is filling a void. Expanding the program Participants averaged 36 years old. Now, Gov. Practical help Barriers removed. Shinola has perfect timing in Detroit. By Kai Ryssdal January 21, 2016 | 3:48 PM.
Built in Detroit: Shinola has eyes on Europe. Fast-food workers to next president: Raise wages to $15. Fast-food workers and labor organizers aim to capitalize on the upcoming presidential debates in Michigan and flex their political might by protesting Thursday — and again on Sunday — to demand employers offer $15-an-hour wages.
"It's to help workers get a decent wage and form a union," Tyrone Stitt, 43, a maintenance employee at a Taco Bell in Flint, said of the protests today. "I feel like the corporations are making billions of dollars off the backs of low-paid workers — and they aren't paying people what they are worth. " The demonstrations — which workers have been staging in metro Detroit for more than two years — are expected to involve hundreds of employees, including Stitt, and emphasize demands for more pay, better working conditions and calls for racial justice, organizers said.
"Workers have been doing this all over the country," said Kendall Fells, the national organizing director of the Fight for $15 group. Organizers also hope the issue mobilizes people to vote. Got job skills? Michigan needs you. As baby boomers retire in ever increasing numbers, employers throughout Michigan are facing a growing problem finding workers with the education, training and skills needed to fill their jobs. Industries in Michigan from construction to health care are facing shortages of competent workers.
Those shortages are growing more acute as Michigan's unemployment rate continues to decline toward the 5% mark and the pool of available talent shrinks. Shortages of qualified workers — known as the "skills gap" — presents a drag on Michigan's future economic growth. One area where it is felt most acutely is in the state's construction industry, which is facing shortages of carpenters, electricians and other skilled trades. For an industry still recovering from a catastrophic decline during the Great Recession, this skills gap isn't some distant possibility. “We’re already in trouble. "One of the things that we find is that in high school there’s not a lot of career counseling," she said.
Detroit program aims to hire 8,000 young people this summer. Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, the city’s summer youth employment program, aims to expand and hire 8,000 young people for six-week jobs that offer a paycheck, job-readiness and work experience, organizers said Tuesday.
“Summer jobs are such an important part of many of our lives, and we need to make sure that the children of Detroit have the same opportunity,” Mayor Mike Duggan said at the kickoff event at the Detroit Regional Chamber. Op-ed: Apprenticeships Help Close the Skills Gap. Until recently, Preston Bailey worked for a waste disposal company as a hang loader, responsible for the safe removal of waste for businesses and homes around Detroit.
The job was OK, but it paid $8.15 per hour, minimum wage in Michigan. In addition to the low wages, Bailey feared that his career may soon dead end, as he would not be able to progress in his job without a CDL-A license. With a limited skill set to pursue a new job, and with few options for advancement in his current one, he was stuck. Bailey approached the Detroit Employment Solutions Corp., the city's workforce development agency, in January 2015 to seek help. Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC)
Published on: Jun, 01, 2006 by: Robert Handfield, Ph.D.
Executive Director of SCRC, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management The following report is introductory to Dr Handfield’s research on Current Trends in Production Labor Sourcing. Since the Industrial Revolution, companies have grappled with how they can exploit their competitive advantage to increase their markets and their profits. The model for most of the 20th century was a large integrated company that can “own, manage, and directly control” its assets. Detroit Jobs Might Return, But Workers Still Lack Skills.
DETROIT, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has a long list of things to fix in the city and among them is one that may sound surprising: there are not enough skilled workers to fill job openings as they become available.
“Every problem in this city revolves around jobs,” said Lindsay Chalmers, vice president of non-profit Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. “That’s at the heart of the issue for Detroit.” The decline of manufacturing jobs, above all in the automotive industry, has played a major role in the slide of the Motor City’s population to 700,000 from a peak of 1.8 million in the 1950s. Despite recent gains, Michigan has 350,000 fewer manufacturing jobs than in 2000. Seismic shifts in the local labor market have left many unskilled workers behind.