Employers encouraged to apply for Going PRO Talent Fund

LANSING — Since 2014, the Going PRO Talent Fund has provided employers across Michigan a path to seek funding assistance to train their workforce.

The annual state program makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing, and retaining current and newly hired employees. Training plans funded through the talent fund must be short-term and fill a demonstrated talent need experienced by the employer. Training must also lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and industry-recognized.

To help employers in Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana and Osceola counties further understand the program and the upcoming application process,

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Baton Rouge companies struggling to find talent in tech, business services

Do you know of any data scientists or solutions architects looking for a job? Sparkhound is willing to pay you $2,500 for a name.

That’s right—$2,500 per referral. 

“We were brainstorming and said, ‘Why don’t we make everybody in the U.S. a recruiter?’” says Sandy Michelet, Sparkhound’s director of human resources. “We just took our internal referral program and opened it up to the world.”

Creative, yes, but the recent launch of Sparkhound’s external referral program—called HoundHunters—merely illustrates the company’s response to today’s imbalanced job market. The local tech consulting firm is advertising roughly 20 job openings at its Baton

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